Blazers reclaim lead; Knights snap slide | Inquirer Sports

Blazers reclaim lead; Knights snap slide

/ 05:15 AM October 06, 2022
Will Gozum —NCAA/GMA PHOTO

Will Gozum —NCAA/GMA PHOTO

College of St. Benilde jacked up its winning streak to three and defending champion Letran snapped out of a two-game funk on Wednesday as the preseason favorites of the NCAA Season 97 men’s basketball tournament played true to form at Filoil EcoOil Centre.

The Blazers carved out a 73-64 win over Mapua to regain the solo lead at 6-1, while the Knights outlasted San Sebastian, 77-69, to climb to the middle of the 12-team pack at 4-3 (win-loss).

ADVERTISEMENT

The win gives St. Benilde a lot of momentum heading into its last two games of the first round, which will be against San Beda on Sunday and Jose Rizal on Oct. 14.

“This is a great confidence booster for us because we want to show people that we can beat any team, especially those who made the Finals [last year],” said Miguel Corteza, who led the Blazers with 17 points. “And I think it will help us in our next two games.”

FEATURED STORIES

While Corteza sees the win as a confidence booster, coach Charles Tiu was disappointed for what he said was a disrespectful way of his players in playing the winless Cardinals.

“I’m very disappointed. You want to give some guys a chance to play, a chance to bounce back and they don’t respect the way we should be playing and we almost lost this game,” Tiu said.

Meanwhile, the Knights snapped a two-game slide with the help of returning aces Louie Sangalang and Brent Paraiso.

RELATED STORIES

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Blazers, Letran, Mapua, NCAA Season 97 men’s basketball, St. Benilde
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.