LETRAN ended its campaign in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on a winning note after a 93-63 rout of PH Youth team on Friday at The Arena in San Juan.
Fidel Castro imposed his will after topping the Knights for 16 points, all from three-point range, while Ford Ruaya and Rey Nambatac added 14 and 11, respectively.
The Intramuros-based squad finished with an even 3-3 (win-loss) record as it failed to advance in the quarterfinals.
The Knights outscored the young Nationals in the third period, 21-9, behind the shooting of Castro and Ruaya.
Rookies Paul Calvo, Daryll Singontiko, Jj Manlangit, Ken Sumalakay, Felix Apreku, Bong Quinto, Chester Saldua, and Isan dela Peña combined for 35 points as they tried to prove themselves worthy of inclusion in Letran’s 15-man lineup for Season 90 of the NCAA.
“We want more experience for the rookies, we want to develop their character while they play,” said Letran coach Caloy Garcia.
“I told them during halftime that if we lose to the PH Youth team, it would be very disappointing, so it was a challenge for them. Buti sa second half nagpa-pasahan na sila,” added Garcia, referring to the Knights’ total of 20 assists for the game compared to just nine during the first two periods.
Andres Desiderio came away with 15 points for the PH Youth team, while Mark Dyke and Jolo Go contributed 12 and 11 each.
The U18 team which is using the stint as part of its preparation for the FIBA-Asia U-18 meet in Doha, Qatar, finished the tournament winless in six outings.
Letran (93) -- Castro 16, Ruaya 14, Nambatac 11, Calvo 9, Singontiko 7, Luib 6, Gabawan 6, Manlangit 6, Sumalakay 4, Apreku 3, Pantin 3, Quinto 2, Publico 2, Saldua 2, Dela Peña 2, Po 0.
PH U18 (63) -- Desiderio 15, Dyke 12, Go 11, Tongco 9, Yu 5, Caracut 5, Manguera 5, Subido 1, Escoto 0, Mosqueda 0, Balanza 0, Rivero 0.
Quarterscores: 19-17; 43-38; 64-47; 93-63.