LETRAN had extra motivation in getting back on the winning track as the Knights dedicated their crucial victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College on Friday to former Squires assistant coach Bob Lotuaco who passed away last Wednesday.
After fighting his battle with throat cancer for years, Lotuaco succumbed to complications of his disease two days ago after multiple seizures. He was 51.
The Knights were fired up from the get-go with Lotuaco's former players in Bong Quinto and Rey Nambatac leading the attack to score an all-important 84-78 win in NCAA Season 93 over the Generals on Friday.
Coming off a bad 95-64 loss over San Sebastian, Letran was raring to bounce back and even channeled the strong personality of their former coach to get the victory with what they called as "NEGU" or Never Ever Give Up mantra.
"Siya yung type na coach na positive siya all the way. Hindi niya shine-share yung negative kasi he’s a cancer survivor din, two times na," said Nambatac.
"So kaya niya sinabi samin na 'Never Ever Give Up' kasi kahit siya mismo nakipagsapalaran, nakipaglaban, at nalampasan niya yun," he added.
Quinto, who finished the game with a career-best 27 points, described Lotuaco as a father figure when they were just beginning their careers in high school.
"Sobrang laki ng naitulong sa amin ni coach Bob. Mula Juniors, until now kahit nasa D-League na kami, every game nanonood siya," said Quinto.
"Nakakamiss na wala na siya. Sobrang nagpapasalamat lang ako talaga sa laki ng naitulong niya sa team at sa aming mga bata niya," he added.