Knights take on Cardinals
THE Letran Knights may be on top of the heap, but coach Aldin Ayo said the team still has a lot of fine-tuning to do, especially on defense.
Ayo emphasized this facet of the Knights’ game as Letran takes on neighboring school Mapua in today’s main offering at 4 p.m. in the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena.
Ayo said there were still kinks that the Knights need to iron out after the team scraped past a pesky College of St. Benilde Blazers side, 76-69, last Thursday.
“Chain reaction ‘yun. Everytime na hindi maganda ang defense. Napu-frutrate kami, nadi-disappoint kami, naapektuhan ang offense namin,” Ayo said, who added that the Knights need to be in total control of their coming games as the tournament goes down the stretch.
Enjoying the solo lead with an 11-2 card, the Knights will stretch their lead over the second-running San Beda Red Lions (10-3) with a win over the Cardinals (8-5), who will be playing without suspended coach Atoy Co.
Co was suspended for two games by league commissioner Arturo “Bai” Cristobal for his actions against the referees in a 70-66 victory over Lyceum last Friday.
It was the second time Co was suspended after he was also banned for a game when he was ejected in an earlier game against the same team in the first round.
Games today( San Juan Arena)
10 a.m. • College of St. Benilde vs Jose Rizal (jrs)
12 nn. •Letran vs Mapua (jrs)
2 p.m. • CSB vs Jose Rizal (srs)
4 p.m. • Letran vs Mapua (srs)