Knights nix transfer rumors, ready for full-strength debut
As power forward Bong Quinto and point guard John Calvo put to rest rumors that they’re leaving Letran, the Knights are expected to be at full-strength against the Mapua Cardinals in their NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament debut.
“I’m just happy we’re a complete team now,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa.
Game time is at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Quinto and Calvo reportedly planned to transfer to La Salle in the UAAP, where they could have reunited with former Letran coach Aldin Ayo, before finally committing to stay with the Knights.
The duo will join forces with guard Rey Nambatac, who is suiting up for Letran for the final time this season.
In other games, Jose Rizal U gets the first crack at Lyceum’s improved roster at 2 p.m., while St. Benilde, which is in the midst of rebuilding its program under new coach TY Tang, also makes its season debut against Perpetual Help at noon.
“The goal is to play hard every game and stay competitive,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.
With former San Sebastian star CJ Perez finally suiting up, the Pirates of coach Topex Robinson have been installed as one of the favorites of the season.