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  1. #31
    Yes, thanks to all those who helped, including Bedan and JRU alumni and players!

    Re the game today vs. Lyceum, that one nearly gave me a heart attack! Bong Quinto, shackled by four fouls, went beast mode and scored the most significant points in the end game, including the go-ahead baskets. Larry Muyang was in high gear all throughout the game, scoring on 11 of 12 tries to topscore for the Knights. JP Calvo had a sputtering start, but went on to redeem himself starting the second quarter onwards. He suffered from cramps, though, which somehow dampened his efforts toward the end.

    It was good the referees reviewed JC Marcelino's supposed three-point shot at the end, and then downgraded it to a long two. Thank God for technology! This more than made up for that earlier grievous missed call by the refs (CJ Perez scoring on a fastbreak layup over JP Calvo, despite not dribbling at all after he crossed the half-court line).

    We missed a ton of free throws today, and at times, our guards (especially Batiller) dribbled too much in traffic and lost the ball as a result. Booboos like those nearly cost us the game.

    Still and all, we can't complain too much. A win is still a win. Hopefully, we should be able to sweep the rest of the games and finish the round on a winning note! Arriba!
    Last edited by bugleboy; 10-05-2018 at 10:22 PM.

  2. #32
    Marcelino playing hero ball opting to launch his last shot from the three pt area... buti na lang di pumasok kung hindi wala sana irereviewyun mga refs. Likewise Batiller could have cost us the game with his fumble in our last possession.

    Our graduating veterans stepped up when it mattered most while the 3 bench players who made a name for themselves (Galvelo, Yu and Taladua) were erratic...maybe nervous during big games such as this.

    Another win and we’re back sa f4.

    Onward Kabalyeros!

  3. #33
    We're now officially in the Final Four of season 94 with the win over San Sebastian!

    Muyang topscored once again, with Batiller and Galvelo providing ample offensive support. Calvo and Quinto contributed in other departments aside from scoring.

    Note to Coach Jeff: I'm still holding you to your promise. Hindi lang Final Four iyon.

  4. #34

    Smile

    Quote Originally Posted by bugleboy View Post

    Note to Coach Jeff: I'm still holding you to your promise. Hindi lang Final Four iyon.
    CJN is no politician, so he'll keep his promise.

    The game vs Perps showed the maturity of the team. Calmado all the way and no end-game collapse.

    Sayang naman if the ALTAS will be deprived of the chance to play in the FF due to the "ligang labas" controversy involving Aurin and Charcos. But rules are rules. Many many years ago our Squires romped over all the teams and was a shoo in for the Finals and even the Crown. But one player played in a "ligang labas" and we forfeited the games, and landed in the bottom while being on top most of the season. But again rules are rules.

    But there's still hope as NO protest was not raised on the last day of the games during the first round.

    Also, on a technicality, there was NO protest filed by CSB assailing the "negligence" of the school in allowing the students to play in a tournament with a surrogate team representing UPHR. CSB filed a letter of inquiry. An inquiry is NOT a protest. So there, let the Altas play in the FF.

    Rules are rules. File a protest not an inquiry. But if the Perps are DQ'd, the person responsible for the fiasco should be fired.

    Nuff said.

  5. #35
    knightrider,

    I agree with all the points you raised (especially about Coach Jeff not being a politician - hehehe). Re Perps and the ligang labas issue, methinks the NCAA member-schools are pussy-footing around the issue because they don't want to appear like spoil-sports. It would really be a bummer if Perps would be eliminated from the Final Four because of this.

    But then, I agree that this should be protested (most likely by Benilde). This happened to Letran HS before (the Alvarez fiasco). Fair is fair, after all.
    Last edited by bugleboy; 10-14-2018 at 01:09 AM.

  6. #36
    We’ve seen the last of the BongQuinto and JpCalvo tandem in a Letran jersey. Salamat sa inyong serbisyo. Also to Talads and Mandreza. Arriba sa inyong lahat. Goodluck on your next journey in the pros Bong!

    And to the last remnant of the 2015 team, JerrickBalanza, may you hold the fort together with the now veteran Ambohot and the promising frontline of Muyang and Fajarito. Looking forward to more battles to conquer.

    And as always, Simpre...Arriba Letran parin!!!

  7. #37
    Balagasay is also a remnant of the 2015 champion team. He has beefed up since then but lost some degree of mobility in and around the shaded lane. Yes, more power to Quinto, Calvo, Mandreza and Taladua in their future endeavors.
    It was a good fight the Knights put up. But we were outfoxed, outplayed and outclassed by the Pirates. Nay, not outclassed, we're not in the same class as them yesterday. Talent wise, perhaps, yes. But the "it" factor we did not have. The pirates were oozing with it. You can see that in their body language and they way they comported themselves on the court. They played loose and were mentally tough. Really hard to beat, even with Calvo playing. Special mention to Taladua. A transferee from Lyceum, who shown himself to have been fully transfused with Dugong Arriba. We're a formidable team next year if Balanza takes on the mantra of the Grand Knight (like Mark Cruz from Alas, and Quinto from Nambatac). Batiller needs to be more composed with no more hot dogging. Yu needs to add more poundage. And of course, the unfathomable "it" factor during the Ayo year must return. Arriba!.

  8. #38
    BTW, the "it" factor during Ayo's year is the "kaya natin" or "atin na ito" mindset. Those words, "guys, atin an ito" in the finals game 3 overtime period still resonates in my ears. Arriba pa rin ng Arriba!
    Last edited by knightrider; 10-27-2018 at 12:37 PM.

  9. #39
    I think Lyceum prepared very well for us, while we didn't. When they turned on the jets in the third quarter, we were left gasping for air. We just didn't have the answer to their trapping defense, which I thought was ironic. It didn't help that our back-up guard Fran Yu got easily rattled and surrendered a lot of balls, leading to easy Lyceum breakaways.

    Anyway, the boys did play their darnedest. Thanks to graduating players Bong Quinto, JP Calvo, Jeremiah Taladua, and Alex Mandreza! Good luck in the pros! Be sure to finish your college degrees!

    As for the new guys like Batiller, Yu, Celis, Agbong, Banez: I'm hoping that the "never-give-up-never-give-in" spirit will rub off on them, as it did on JP Calvo and Taladua. I like what I'm seeing from transferees Muyang and Fajarito, and I hope their good performance will continue along with Jeo Ambohot.

    Next year, we may see the likes of Jordan Sta. Ana (ex-UST Tiger, ex-NU Bullpup), Daryl Pascual, and that tall SSCR transferee crack the lineup.

    Laban lang. Arriba!


 
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