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NCAA: San Beda douses Letran rally to stay unscathed

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 06:51 PM August 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines—Defending champion San Beda stayed undefeated after cooling off a red-hot Letran side, 70-66, in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

Evan Nelle, the fast-rising playmaker, showed the way for the Red Lions with 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists while Donald Tankoua added 15 points and four rebounds.

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“We were worried about this game because we were playing a strong team like Letran. They been playing well, they have won five straight,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, whose squad climbed to 5-0.

“My players did a good job. I salute them. They really played good defense. Our mantra for this season is play defense first before offense.”

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The Knights, who came into the showdown with a five-game winning run, rose from 13 points down in the second half but only to falter in the end.

Jerrick Balanza led Letran (5-2) with 20 points and five assists while Ato Ular chipped in 11 points and seven boards.

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