THE Letran Squires beat the Emilio Aguinaldo College Brigadiers in overtime, 86-85, in the second round of the NCAA Season 93 on Friday at The Arena in San Juan.
Neil Tolentino topscored Letran with 15 points, while rookie Enoch Valdez chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds.
With the win, Letran improved with a 9-6 win-loss record while the Brigadiers succumbed with 1-14.
Despite dominating in the first three quarters, the Squires lost their composure in the fourth quarter as the Brigadiers clawed back and Cjay Boado’s three-point shot with 0.8 seconds left tied the game at 74 to force extra time.
Letran regained their momentum in the opening minutes of overtime, building an eight-point lead, but EAC refused to quit, staying within one until the dying seconds of the extra period.
But the Squires forced a turnover and EAC’s Boado tried to regain possession but fell badly on the floor as the final buzzer rang, 86-85.
Boado was escorted to the dugout on a stretcher by the medical team as he felt pain on his hip, but the medical team said he did not hit his head when he fell on the floor.
“Sabi ko sa kanila (noong overtime) hindi tayo gigiveup dito. Hindi tayo dapat magpatalo dito. Kailangan natin dumepensa at madepensahan natin sino yung key player nila. Lesson sa amin ito na dapat pa naming iworkout yung attitude ng mga bata tsaka yung depensa namin,” Letran Squires coach Raymond Valenzona said.
“Ang nangyari kasi sa amin nag-rerelax kami, nag-rerelax yung mga bata kapag lamang na kami. Nag-rerelax tapos ayaw na dumepensa,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers trounced the Perpetual Help Junior Altas, 86-51, in the second round of the NCAA Season 93 juniors basketball also on Friday at The Arena in San Juan.
Despite the absence of team captain Toby Agustin due to an ankle injury, the Light Bombers still dominated the Junior Atlas to improve to a 5-9 win-loss record.
Veteran Tristan Tolentino led JRU with 17 points, while fellow veterans Javine Serrano and Kobe Caballero chipped in 16 and 12 markers, respectively.
“Maganda yung play namin ngayon sobrang nakafocus sila sa game. Actually kahit na medyo wala na kami sa final four picture, inencourage ko pa rin sila na iimprove yung standing namin. Kasi noong first round sobrang sama ng standing namin tapos puro close fight yung talo namin mga one point o two points,” JRU Light Bombers coach Victor Lazaro.
“Si Tolentino magaling talaga na player ‘yan. Si Serrano consistent naman sa amin yung rebounding tapos yung leadership niya maayos din. Sa mga outgoing na player ko sana maimprove pa. Gusto talaga namin iimprove pa yung (remaining) games namin,” Lazaro added.
JRU (86)- Tolentino 17, Serrano 16, Caballero 12, Amores 8, Camua 7, Vasquez 7, Dionisio 6, Buno 5, Sicat 4, Buazon 4, Sabado 0.
UPHSD (51)- Razon 16, Gallano 10, Umali 8, Cuevas 4, Romilla 4, Siege 3, De Leon 3, Duka 3, Rocero 0, Inliwan 0, Bongay 0, Maneze 0, Sta. Teresa 0, Cajayon 0, Jaucian 0.
Quarters: 24-12, 47-28, 71-40, 86-51
CSJL (86)- Tolentino 15, Valdez 12, Aniban 11, Peralta 8, Cordero 7, Monje 6, Culanay 6, Montes 5, Ganapathy 4, Tamayo 4, Reyson 2, Guarino 2, Fuentes 2, Tabajen 2, Labrador 0.
EAC (85)- Cruz 22, Castillo 19, Satillian 18, Mananquil 8, Boado 6, Oriondo 6, Matilde 3, Ligot 3, Mostoles 0, Tapales 0.
Quarters: 20-13, 40-27, 56-53, 74-74, 86-85