LETRAN shoots for its third victory—and first streak of the season—as it hosts a demoralized College of St. Benilde in today’s 93rd National Collegiate Athletic Association seniors basketball tournament at the Letran Gym in Intramuros, Manila.
The Knights are riding the crest of an 82-75 win over the Arellano University Chiefs, last year’s runners up, Tuesday and will book win No. 3 and their first back-to-back victory if they hurdle the Blazers in their 4 p.m. duel.
“We hope this win could start something big for us,” Letran coach Jeff Napa said.
Letran will face a St. Benilde team still licking its wounds following an embarrassing 55-98 loss to solo leader and unbeaten Lyceum of the Philippines University last Tuesday.
It was a game to forget for the Blazers as the 43-point beating was the most lopsided losing margin during the season.
The 40 turnovers were another season worst that resulted to a season-high 46 points off the miscues, including 26 off fast breaks, another season-best.
Napa and the Knights though aren’t taking the Blazers lightly.
“They’re a resilient team and we expect them to bounce back from that loss. We just have to be ready,” Napa said.
Rey Nambatac shone the brightest in Letran’s triumph after he scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter—although transferees Jeo Ambohot and Jeremiah Taladua also shared the spotlight.
The 6-foot-6 Ambohot, a former middle blocker at Arellano University’s volleyball team, played his best game in a Knights uniform with 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks while Taladua, formerly from Lyceum, had 13 points and 11 boards.