Filoil: Quinto plays hero as Letran sinks St. Benilde
Bong Quinto came off the bench but made the big plays down the stretch as Letran eked out a 68-64 victory over St. Benilde Friday in the 2015 Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the Arena in San Juan.
Driving to the basket with 22 seconds still left to play, Quinto was found by Jomari Sollano and drained the go-ahead teardrop show to push the Knights to a 66-64 edge. He also corralled a huge rebound after Romeo Nayve missed his jumper on the other end and iced the game with two free throws with 7.2 ticks remaining.
Quinto finished with 15 points, three rebounds, and three assists, while Mcjour Luib chipped in 14 markers.
Sollano also registered a double-double with his 11 points and 13 boards for the Knights.
“Their composure was a big factor in this game. A lot of our plays were broken plays down the stretch and it’s just the individual talent of the players which got us the win,” said Letran coach Aldin Ayo
The win improved the Knights’ record to 5-2, on pace for a top four finish in Group A.
JR Ongteco captained the Blazers (3-4) with his 16 points and 10 rebounds, as JJ Domingo added 16 markers on a 3-of-3 shooting before getting ejected at the 3:12 mark of the payoff period. AU
Letran 68 – Quinto 15, Luib 14, Sollano 11, Nambatac 8, Balanza 8, Publico 8, Apreku 2, Calvo 2, Bernabe 0, Dela Pena 0.
St. Benilde 64 – Ongteco 16, JJ Domingo 16, Jonson 12, Nayve 5, Deles 5, Grey 4, Saavedra 3, Fajarito 3, Sta. Maria 0, Castor 0, JS Domingo 0, Young 0.
Quarters: 18-17, 27-35, 46-46, 68-64.