Knights storm past Pirates
(San Juan Arena)
10 a.m. • JRU vs Mapua (jrs)
12 nn • LPU vs Arellano (jrs)
2 p.m. • JRU vs Mapua (srs)
4 p.m. • LPU vs Arellano (srs)
MARK Cruz exploded with a season-high eight triples as the Letran Knights stormed past the Lyceum Pirates, 74-57, yesterday in the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena.
Cruz, who tallied 26 points and five rebounds, strung up five treys in the last seven minutes to send the Knights comfortably ahead. The Knights posted their 10th win in 12 matches to once again tie the San Beda Red Cubs for the lead.
Despite the win, Letran coach Aldin Ayo said they did not underestimate the Pirates, who he described as a “great team.”
“We are not surprised because we know Lyceum is a great team. Natutulog lang iyan,” said remarked Ayo.
Jean Ngudjol fired 20 points and had 15 rebounds for the Pirates, who dropped to a 3-9 record. The Pirates played minus Joseph Gabayni, who is still serving a three-game suspension for playing in another tournament, while the season is going on.
The Pirates actually were able to overtake the Knights for the third and last time, 50-49, in the final 7:31 after Wilson Baltazar hit two freebies.