Knights overcome Generals get on track after dismal start to NCAA Season 92
Rey Nambatac scores a career-high 33 points as the Knights get going after a faltering start. Jaime Campos

TITLEHOLDER letran bounced back while sending Emilio Aguinaldo College crashing back to earth with a 76-72 win on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 92 basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena.

Rey Nambatac scored career-high 33 points, including back-to-back three-pointers in a crucial stretch in the payoff period where the Knights took a 70-62 spread.

The Generals refused to fold, using a 10-4 run to slice the deficit to two, 74-72. 

EAC had the chance to tie the game after forcing Letran to commit a shot clock violation, but they, too, committed a turnover in the ensuing play that led to a John Calvo breakaway layup that sealed the win. 

“It’s an ugly win, but a win is a win,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa.

John Quinto added 17 for Letran, which evened its win-loss record, 1-1, after an opening-day loss to San Beda.

[See San Beda fends off Letran's late rally to start Season 92 campaign on winning note]

Hamadou Laminou had 23 points and 18 rebounds for EAC, which now also holds a 1-1 card after a morale-boosting victory in its opener against 

[See EAC Generals off to fine start in Season 92, down Lyceum Pirates behind Jorem Morada’s late surge]


The scores:

Letran 76 - Nambatac 33, Quinto 17, Balanza 7, Sollano 6, Apreku 4, Calvo 4, Balagasay 2, Luib 2, Dela Pena, Ambohootn0, Bernabe 0, Sario 0, Vacaro 0. 

EAC 72 - Hamadou 23, King 14, Munsayac 14, Morada 10, Onwubere 4, Pascua 3, Corilla 2, Diego 2, Aguas 0, Estacio 0, Guzman 0, Mendoza 0, Neri 0, Serrano 0. 

Quarterscores: 15-10; 41-34; 62-51; 76-72.


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