PLAYING for the final time in front of his fellow Letranites, Bong Quinto wasn’t a person who’s bound to disappoint.
The 6-foot-2 forward was once again the rock of the Knights’ attack as he powered Letran to a tough 64-60 win over fellow contender College of St. Benilde on their homefloor on Thursday.
Quinto scored 17 points to lead all scorers in an otherwise defensive game, while also hitting the go-ahead jumper with one minute and 19 seconds left in the game.
As if he needed more motivation, Quinto dedicated this game to his father, Danilo, who celebrated his 60th birthday on Wednesday.
“For me talaga sakin special tong araw na 'to. Bukod sa birthday ng tatay ko kahapon, dinedicate ko yung game ko sa kanya. Last time ko na maglalaro rito, ayokong mapahiya kami,” said Quinto.
“Number one thing is ide-defend namin yung homecourt namin,” he added.
That excitement early on was attributed to Letran’s slow start as they committed turnover after turnover to start the game.
Quinto was guilty of that, having six of his seven turnovers in the first 20 minutes, but more than made up for it with a much more controlled second half.
Luckily for him, he has an almost-full season ahead of him to work on it – and he vows to continue working.
“Yun nga lang pag nagddouble ako, ang daming turnovers. Sabi nga ni coach Jeff, nakita ko na na-open di ko pa pinasa, tapos tiyaka ko ipapasa kung kalian may tao na,” Quinto said.
“Ayun, na-excite ako nung una, parang nangigigil nga, kailangan ma-adjust ko yun. Tinutulungan naman nila ako.”