DEFENDING champion San Beda bounced back from an opening-day defeat by holding off Letran, 69-55, in the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament on Sunday at the Arellano University-Legarda gym.
Ryusei Koga scored 15 points and Arthur de la Cruz had 13 delivered the big baskets for the Red Lions, who evened their card after suffering a 64-56 loss to Perpetual Help the other week.
Mark Cruz scored 12 points for the Knights, who remained in the lead with a 2-1 win-loss card.
University of the Philippines beat Lyceum, 72-69, while College of St. Benilde-A defeated Mapua, 71-69.
Jason Ligad showed the way for the UP Maroons with 18 points while Joseph Marata hit 15.
Jonathan Grey fired 14 points for the Blazers.