CSJL Knights 64 – CSB Blazers 60
Both the Letran Knights and the Benilde Blazers emerged as dark horses during the course of the preseason. It was only fitting the game between the two felt like a playoff game. Intensity was at an all time high, with neither of teams able to create separation against the other.
The game was tight. Neither of the teams led by double digits. There were eight lead changes, as well as a total of ten deadlocks. This was the type of game that would be decided by the little things, with one big moment shutting the door. It was only fitting that with less than two minutes left on the clock, the game was tied at 60.
Bong Quinto didn’t have a good fourth quarter. For the game, he had a whopping seven turnovers, clearly struggling against the pressure of the Blazers. But with 1:19 left on the clock, he found himself receiving the ball from the left block. He spun towards the baseline, elevated, then took the shot. All it took was one big moment, and this was it. It went in, the crowd went bananas. 62-60, Letran had finally created the separation it so badly needed. All they had to do was get some stops, and finish it off.
The Blazers’ youth showed right after, as they threw an errant full court pass that led to the turnover. They failed to execute in plays right after, and that was game. Little things punctuated by one big moment. It was a squeaker, but the Letran Knights will gladly take the win against their fellow dark horse.
Bong Quinto led the way for Letran, putting up 17 points along with six rebounds. Helping him out was Christian Fajarito, who exacted revenge on his former school with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Yankee Haruna put up 13 points and five rebounds to help out the Blazers.