Letran locks up the third seed, JRU and Baste bounce back with wins

CSJL Knights 82 – UPHSD Altas 80

The Letran Knights locked up the third seed with a clutch win over the fourth-seeded Perpetual Altas. The Knights currently stand at 13-4 and can only lose a maximum of five games. The Altas are at 11-6. Both teams have one game left on their schedules.

It was a tight game all the way to the end. The two teams were in a battle for placing and they played with playoff intensity. The Knights needed a clutch performance from their stars on both ends of the floor to pull off the win.

Inside the final minute, it was Perpetual who was ahead by one point. JP Calvo prevented a dagger by stripping the Altas ball handler. He then lobbed a pass ahead to Bong Quinto. The veteran forward wisely let his defenders fly by before scoring the go-ahead layup. Perpetual still had a chance to win it but Christian Fajarito forced Prince Eze to a contested jumper. The Knights escaped with a win after Quinto split his freebies.

Quinto led all scorers with 22 points. He also had nine rebounds and five assists. Calvo finished with 17 points and seven assists.

SSC-R Golden Stags 86 – Mapua Cardinals 64

In a battle of eliminated teams, RK Ilagan made sure to deliver the win for the San Sebastian Golden Stags. He erupted for a game-high 26 points built on six treys to lead his team over the Mapua Cardinals. San Sebastian and Mapua are now tied at 5-12.

After a tight first quarter, the Stags found their groove in the second period. Ilagan, Michael Calisaan, Allyn Bulanadi and Ken Villapando combined to score 21 of the team’s 27 points to build a double-digit lead heading into the half. From that point on, San Sebastian progressively took control of the game. Ilagan put the game away in the final period when he dropped nine points built on his torrid outside shooting during that stretch.

San Sebastian played one of their best games this season. They shot a clean 50% from the field and knocked down 62% of their outside shots. They nailed 10 treys in the game with Ilagan firing away. The Stags’ shooting was just too much for the Cardinals to overcome.

JRU Heavy Bombers 81 – EAC Generals 78

The JRU Heavy Bombers are making it their mission to climb out of last place. Already eliminated, they’re now focused on raising their standings in their final games. The first step was getting a crucial win over the EAC Generals who are directly ahead of them in the standings.

The Generals played better than the Heavy Bombers in the first three periods. Jess Bautista and Jet Mendoza helped EAC pull ahead in the second period by combining for 12 points. Mendoza then teamed up with JP Magullano to build a seven-point advantage in the third quarter.

Unfortunately for EAC, Jed Mendoza would not go without a fight. JRU’s best scorer put up 12 of his career-high 26 points in the final period to help his team get back in the game. In the dying seconds of the game, Aaron Bordon stole the ball from EAC and took it all the way for the dagger steal and layup.

With this win, the Heavy Bombers sweep the Generals for the season. With one game left on their schedule, JRU can finish at 4-14 technically tied with EAC. But because of a superior head-to-head record, JRU can pull ahead in the standings.