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  1. #21
    If you look at the lineup of the Knights, you will see that almost all of them have gone through some sort of adversity in their young sporting lives.

    Jerick Balanza, for example, successfully came back from a serious brain operation last year but has now established himself as First Knight. Bonbon Batiller and Fran Yu were victims of coaching rigodons at UE and were lucky enough to have found a second home in Letran. Larry Muyang was cut by Coach Aldin at La Salle. Ambohot languished in Team B at Arellano. Ular also transferred from Arellano but languished in Team B for years at Letran before he was finally resurrected by Coach Bonnie.

    So many plots and sub-plots, all of them about triumph over adversity. I hope the coach and the assistant coaches remind the players about what they have already gone through -- both as individuals and as a team. They have suffered so much for so long to just give up now.

    Once more into the fray! Arriba Letran! Beat Lyceum!
    Last edited by bugleboy; 11-07-2019 at 10:40 AM.

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    It will be Colegio de San Juan de Letran challenging defending champion San Beda University for the 95th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Seniors Basketball crown after they ended the season of Lyceum of the Philippines University, 92-88, at the Cuneta Astrodome Friday. The best of three titular series between the two archrivals will begin this Tuesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. READ MORE

  3. #23
    Tomorrow, we begin the fight for the NCAA championship. We have already come this far, we cannot give up now. I don't really care about match-ups; for me, the two most important commodities tomorrow are desire and heart. So, to the Knights, remember what Achilles said, "Immortality! Take it! It's yours!"

    Arriba Letran! Lalaban tayo hanggang sa dulo!

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    Colegio San Juan de Letran pulled off a major shocker over erstwhile undefeated defending champion San Beda University, 65-64, in Game One of the best of three championship series of the 95th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in front of a full Mall of Asia Arena Tuesday. Larry Muyang and Fran Yu unleashed their heroics in the final two minutes to end San Beda’s winning streak at 18 games and inch closer to the championship they last held in 2015. READ MORE

  5. #25
    Letran ruins San Beda quest for perfection after thrilling Game One win

    by Randolph B. Leongson

    14 hours ago

    FRAN Yu was the motor that kept Letran going as it ruined archrival San Beda's quest for a perfect season and endangered the Red Lions' bid for a rare four-peat in one blow.

    The Knights dug deep and pulled off a gutsy 65-64 victory over the Red Lions in Game One of the NCAA Season 95 Finals on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena and moved within a win of completing the mother of all upsets.

    Yu, voted the season's Most Improved Player, led the Knights with 10 points, six assists, three steals, and three rebounds, none bigger than his defensive board off a missed three-pointer by Calvin Oftana in the thrilling endgame.

    Although Yu missed both his free throws with 2.4 seconds left, the last done deliberately, Larry Muyang tapped the rebound out of the Red Lions' grasp as time expired, sealing the Knights' first win over San Beda since 2015.

    Incidentally, that 2015 win also marked the last time the Knights won the championship.

    By dealing the Red Lions their first loss of the season, the Knights moved a win away from an unlikely championship, which they can clinch in Game Two on Wednesday, also at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Bonbon Batiller topscored for the Knights with 12 points to go with five boards, and two assists. Jerrick Balanza added 10 points and four rebounds, while Jeo Ambohot got nine points, four boards, and two blocks.

    "One game pa lang naman, pero we are happy with this one. Eighteen-zero sila so it took hard work to beat that kind of team," attested coach Bonnie Tan.

    Muyang seemed to have put the game away with a big conversion on an alley-oop connection from Yu that made it a 65-62 lead for Letran.

    But San Beda kept up the pressure, grabbing crucial offensive rebounds that led to Nelle slicing the lead down to one with 37.5 seconds left.

    The Red Lions were able to pull a stop after Oftana blocked Ambohot's baseline jumper to force a 24-second shot clock violation, but the Season MVP was unable to score the game-winning three.

    Nelle led San Beda with 20 points and seven rebounds, but was limited to just one assist after being the league's leader in that department all season.

    Canlas added 11 points, six rebounds, two assists, and one steal, while Oftana was held to 11 points and six boards as they saw the end of its 32-game win streak dating back to the first round last season.

    Donald Tankoua also had seven points, 13 rebounds, and two assists for the Red Lions, who, after gaining an outright spot in the finals, had to wait for 27 days while the three other teams went through a stepladder phase in the semifinals.

    The scores:

    LETRAN 65 - Batiller 12, Balanza 10, Yu 10, Ambohot 9, Muyang 7, Reyson 7, Mina 3, Ular 3, Caralipio 2, Sangalang 2, Balagasay 0, Olivario 0.

    SAN BEDA 64 - Nelle 20, Canlas 11, Oftana 11, Tankoua 7, Soberano 6, Bahio 4, Doliguez 3, Etrata 2, Abuda 0, Cuntapay 0, Alfaro 0.

    Quarters: 17-18, 28-32, 47-44, 65-64.

  6. #26
    Shining Knights

    Led by indefatigable playmaker Yu, Letran upsets San Beda to move within a win of claiming NCAA crown

    By: June Navarro - Reporter / @junavINQ

    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:04 AM November 13, 2019

    Until early Tuesday evening, Fran Yu had never played in a championship game where an electrifying crowd cheered his every shot.

    But the way he saved Letran from falling on Tuesday not only spoke volumes on how the 5-foot-7 court general can lead the Knights, it also guaranteed he’ll be hearing his name from the crowd a lot from hereon.

    “I wasn’t nervous at all because I wanted to prove something to the Letran community,” said Yu after spearheading his team to a 65-64 win in Game 1 of the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball best-of-three championship series.

    The versatile third-year guard again made the Knights look good after delivering several unselfish plays in the end that put them on the verge of winning a crown that many thought previously unbeaten San Beda would easily claim.

    “He’s (Fran) the most improved player this season and it added to his confidence,” said Letran coach Bonnie Tan.

    Yu fed Larry Muyang underneath, stole the ball in the next sequence and pulled down the rebound off a Calvin Oftana miss with 1.6 seconds remaining that sealed the victory and ended the 18-game win streak by the Red Lions this season.

    “It’s just the first game. Our rebounding was crucial. We were outrebounded in the first half and we simply addressed that problem,” said Tan.

    Three-point bricks

    The Red Lions, defending the title for the fourth straight time, came off a 26-day break after sweeping the eliminations, but San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez believes bricked shots, not rustiness, were the cause of their setback.

    “We didn’t make our threes in this game,” said Fernandez after the Lions shot 6 of 40 from three-point range.

    “But I believe we are capable of bouncing back.” he added.

    Successive misses by Oftana, James Canlas and Clint Doliguz at one stretch near the end didn’t help at all, and San Beda’s last stand was when Evan Nelle drove to pull the Lions within a point with 37 seconds left.

    The Lions had a chance to secure the opening match of the series but Oftana, the tournament MVP, flubbed an open three in the ensuing possession.

    Game 2 of their best-of-three series is scheduled on Friday with the Knights seeking to win their second championship since defeating the Red Lions in 2015.

    “Although we have the momentum going into the next game, the series is not yet done. I hope we will not let this one go away,” said Tan.

    Juniors match

    Justin Sanchez and Rhayyan Amsali wound up with double-double figures as the San Beda Red Cubs downed the Lyceum Junior Pirates, 94-80, and moved within a victory of clinching the juniors title.

    Yukien Andrada and Jay Ynot likewise sparkled along with King Alcantara for the Red Cubs, who are seeking redemption after missing the crown the past three seasons.

    “It’s a great feeling to win Game 1, but the series is far from over,” said San Beda coach Manu Ińigo, son of former Inquirer sports editor Manolo Ińigo.

    Sanchez had 16 points and 14 rebounds while Amsali added 14 points and 14 boards. Ynot, playing his final year for San Beda along with Sanchez and Amsali, fired 16 points while Andrada contributed 14.

    The Red Cubs are looking for their 24th NCAA juniors crown overall.

  7. #27
    ^ They ought to call these guys the Last Chance Knights.

    Fran Yu, Bon Batiller, Larry Muyang, Ambohot, Ular, Balanza all had their chances before, and have been give a proverbial Last Chance as Knights.

    Muyang in particular has bounced around a bit. First time I saw him he was in San Sebastian's B Team, along with (of all people) CJ Perez, Bradwyn Guinto, Josh Grilli, and Leo De Vera. He was a skinny kid who couldn't get much done back then. He went over to Lyceum, finally got into a regular lineup and played in the UAAP for Lasalle (that turned out to be a one-shot deal for him), and finally he found a home with Letran.

    I'm happy to see Larry finally doing well.

  8. #28
    Well, these Last Chance Knights have one last chance to wrap this championship up with a win tomorrow! This is especially true for Balanza, Batiller, and Balagasay, who are on their final playing year.

    I'm feeling confident about our chances. I think what we've seen from the Knights these past few games (stepladder series and Championship) have been their real abilities and their real character as a team. These were not apparent during the off-season, as Balanza and Batiller were used sparingly because of health reasons. Muyang was juggling between MPBL and the summer leagues, so he didn't see action in a number of games. For the most part, the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament constituted the feeling-out stages of the team. Pati coach, dahil bago, nangangapa at hirap mag-establish ng kumportableng rotation. It was only during the semis that the real character of the team finally came through, and not a moment too soon!

    Wala nang atrasan ito! Sugod! Arriba!
    Last edited by bugleboy; 11-18-2019 at 05:11 PM.

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