LETRAN showed grit to grind out a come-from-behind 105-99 victory over University of the East to get back on the winning track in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Knights fell into an early 20-point hole, but slowly climbed out of it with a resolute defensive stand on the way to scoring the hard-earned win that brought them back to .500 with a 2-2 win-loss record in Group B.
Rey Nambatac put the Knights up for good with a left-corner three-pointer off a second-chance play with a little less than two minutes left, before his teammates buried their charities to seal the deal and hand the Red Warriors their third loss in five games.
Jom Sollano registered 23 points, six boards, and four assists, while Nambatac finished with 21 markers, five rebounds, three steals, two assists, and one block as the duo led the Knights’ balanced effort that had six players score in double digits.
“Lagi ko ine-emphasize yung maniwala sila sa system tsaka yung disiplina at itong game na ito, pinakita nila yun,” Knights coach Jeff Napa said.
The Knights found themselves down, 30-10, in the first quarter and still trailed by nine, 87-78 early in the fourth, before they finished the game on a 27-12 run.
Letran 105 – Sollano 23, Nambatac 21, Balanza 18, Quinto 16, Calvo 11, Luib 11, Apreku 5, Dela Pena 0, Balagasay 0, Sario 0, Gedaria 0, Bernabe 0
UE 99 – Pasaol 16, Batiller 15, Varilla 11, Manalang 9, Penuela 8, Abanto 6, De Leon 6, Armenion 6, Acuno 6, Charcos 5, Palma 4, Derige 3, Bartolome 2, Gagae 2, Olayon 0
Quarterscores: 16-32; 47-55; 73-78; 105-99