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    Letran coach Garcia set for debut against Eagles

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Letran coach Caloy Garcia is set to make his debut when the Knights take on Ateneo. Jerome Ascano

    CALOY Garcia makes his Letran head coaching debut in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup when the Knights face Ateneo on Monday at The Arena in San Juan.

    The Knights-Blue Eagles encounter is set at 2:30 p.m.

    The match offers a glimpse of how the Knights will play under the new system of Garcia, who will be without the team's erstwhile stars when they go up against the five-time UAAP champions.

    Garcia inherits a Letran team orphaned by coach Louie Alas and his star son Kevin Alas, who decided to forego his final playing year with the school. The elder Alas stepped down from his post shortly after the Knights lost to the San Beda Red Lions in the NCAA Finals last year.

    Likewise, the Knights will no longer have Jam Cortes manning the paint after the big man already played out his final year of eligibility.

    Holdovers from last season’s campaign are Raymund Almazan, Jonathan Belorio, Kevin Racal, and Mark Cruz.

    Meanwhile, expected to debut for Letran is Rey Nambatac, who joined the team after a stellar juniors career with the Squires.

    The Blue Eagles suffered their first setback of the tournament after bowing to University of Santo Tomas, 57-63, on Saturday following three straight wins.

    In other matches, San Sebastian College and Southwestern University go for their first win when they face off in the 12:45 p.m. game.

    The Stags were beaten by Ateneo, 72-77, in their debut game but not before offering a tough stand against the Eagles in their first outing without the `Pinatubo Trio' of Calvin Abueva, Ronald Pascual, and Ian Sangalang.

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