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Letran snaps 5-game skid, holds St. Benilde to new low

/ 06:43 PM August 30, 2016
Rey Nambatac in Letran's game vs St. Benilde. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Rey Nambatac in Letran’s game vs St. Benilde. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Letran finally ended its five-game losing slump as it silenced winless St. Benilde, 57-40, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

“Marunong pa pala kami manalo,” said coach Jeff Napa as the Knights went up to a 6-7 record. “Malaking factor itong panalo na ito kasi ikaw ba naman ang magsunod-sunod ang talo.”

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Rey Nambatac led Letran with 13 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.

JP Calvo also had eight markers, while Bong Quinto got seven points but committed eight turnovers.

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“Hopefully, ito na ang mag-compose ng morale ng mga bata. We have to be positive. Kailangan gumawa pa rin kami ng tama. Sana magtuloy-tuloy na ang winning streak namin,” said Napa.

Letran also came through despite the one-game suspensions on Jerick Balanza, Marco Sario, and Chrisantoni dela Pena after last Friday’s heated game against San Beda.

St. Benilde’s nightmare season continued as it fell to 0-13 and in the process set the new record for least points scored in a game at 40. It beat the 45 points the Blazers also set last August 25 in their loss to Perpetual.

Emman San Juan also sprained his right ankle at the 1:37 mark of the third frame, the latest addition to coach Gabby Velasco’s woes.

Christian Fajarito carried St. Benilde with 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and three blocks.

The Scores:

LETRAN 57 – Nambatac 13, Calvo 8, Quinto 7, Luib 7, Sollano 7, Bernabe 6, Ambohot 5, Apreku 3, Pambid 1, Balagasay 0, Vacaro 0, Ular 0.
ST. BENILDE 40 – Fajarito 11, JJ Domingo 8, Saavedra 7, Dixon 6, Sta. Maria 3, Castor 2, Young 2, San Juan 1, Haruna 0, Pajarillaga 0, Pasamante 0, JS Domingo 0.

Quarters: 13-14, 30-19, 45-29, 57-40.

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