LETRAN is set to make a return trip to the Final Four, thanks to back-to-back explosive games by Jam Cortes.
Cortes came through with 25 points and fourteen rebounds in their recent 86-80 win against the EAC Generals. Before that, he also had a double-double finish of 16 points and ten boards in their 70-59 come-from-behind win against JRU.
For that, the 24-year-old native of Cagayan earned Player of the Week honors in the NCAA.
Their victory against EAC not only gave the Knights their eleventh win against six defeats, but this also earned them at least a playoff for the No. 2 spot if San Sebastian drops one of their last two assignments.
Letran coach Louie Alas described Cortes as a workhorse. "Walang day-off yang si Jam. Day in and day out maaasahan talaga sya. Kung ano ang pinapakita nya sa game, ganyan din yan sa practice. He's living up to the expectations since last season na nya ngayon."
By beating out Jose Rizal University's Byron Villarias for the award, Cortes, who is averaging 12.3 points and nine rebounds per game, became the third Knight to win Player of the Week honors after Kevin Alas and Kevin Racal.
Villarias had 28 points in the Bombers' 82-74 win over San Sebastian.