LETRAN and Arellano University came up with victories in their opening games in the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Open Division basketball tournament on Sunday at Trinity University of Asia gym.
Kevin Racal scored 22 points while McJour Luib had 11 as the Knights downed Centro Escolar University, 65-57.
Justino Pinat and Monch Gavierres called the shots for the Knights, who got eight points from Racal as they moved ahead, 18-11, at the end of the first period.
The Chiefs led by 14 at halftime and weathered a late comeback by the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 69-63.
Giovanni Jalalon had 19 points for the Chiefs, including a three-pointer in the last 46 seconds that gave them a 67-61 lead.
Francis Munsayac scored 17 points for the Generals, including 12 in the final period.
Tournament director Robert de la Rosa said that with Ateneo and Far Eastern University backing out at the last minute, the league has accepted Lyceum of the Philippines University and the College of St. Benilde-B squad.