They needed an extra period but the Letran Knights were able to knock off the Perpetual Altas, 82-80. The Knights are now at 3-1 with their third straight win while the Altas fall to 1-2.
With big guns Jerrick Balanza and Jeo Ambohot silenced, it was bench players Bonbon Batiller and Ato Ular that stepped up for the Knights. Batiller led them in scoring with 22 points while Ular had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Edgar Charcos led Perpetual with 15 points and 10 assists.
Charcos was the one that ended up extending Perpetual’s lives in the game. With 6.1 seconds left and his team down by three, the Altas leaned on him to find the equalizer. They ran him through a long curl from the top of the key all the way to the right corner. He was able to release the game-tying triple before the Letran defense could get to him sending the game to OT.
In OT, the Knights hit crucial baskets to seal the win. Balanza drilled a triple to give Letran the lead. After Perpetual stole the lead back, Ular scored on a put back to give the Knights the driver’s seat for good. Letran was able to hold off Perpetual to get the win.
The JRU Heavy Bombers also had an exciting game. They needed big baskets from Agem Miranda in the end game to overcome the Arellano Chiefs, 80-77, for their first win of the season. JRU is up to 1-3 while Arellano falls to 0-3.
Miranda played his best game of the season, scoring 26 points on 59% shooting. He was backed up by Stefan Seinl with 14 points and eight rebounds. Rence Alcoriza led Arellano with 21 points.
With less than 40 seconds left in the game and the Heavy Bombers down by two, Miranda plucked an offensive rebound up in the air and scored on the put back to tie the game at 77. JRU came up with the clutch stop on the other end, setting up Miranda’s game-winner.
Miranda had the ball at the top of the key with 10 seconds left. He drove into the heart of the paint and kicked the ball out to John Delos Santos. The Heavy Bombers guard drove into the paint as Miranda popped out to the left corner. Delos Santos found Miranda open in the corner. He swished the game-winning triple with 1.7 seconds left on the clock.
In the other game of the day, the Lyceum Pirates bounced back from a tough loss in their last game, beating the Mapua Cardinals, 79-71. Lyceum is now up to 2-1 for the season while Mapua remains winless in three games.
The Pirates had a balanced attack with five players scoring in double-figures. JC Marcelino and Ralph Tansingco had 14 points each. Reymar Caduyac added 12 while Jeff Santos and Jayson David had 11 and 10, respectively. Paolo Hernandez led Mapua with 19 points.
The Cardinals were a plucky bunch. They stuck with Lyceum for most of the game. They kept within striking distance in the first three quarters, down by only four-points heading to the final period. Hernandez led the Cardinal attack with 11 points in the third.
Mapua just couldn’t hold the Pirates down. Caduyac and Marcelino teamed up in the fourth period leading Lyceum on an 8-1 run midway through the period. That put them up by 11 points, enough of a cushion to secure the win.