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    League-leading Letran Knights stretch streak to three with victory over St. Benilde Blazers

    Sep 10, 2015
    Letran guard Mark Cruz celebrates a basket from beyond the arc. Jerome Ascano

    MARK Cruz scored 20 points and Kevin Racal added 18 as Letran defeated College of St. Benilde, 79-69, on Thursday to stretch its win streak to three in the NCAA Season 91 men's basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

    McJour Luib had a season-high 16 points as the Knights took the lead with an 11-2 win-loss record as erstwhile co-leader San Beda (10-3) bowed to Perpetual Help.

    The Knights fought back after falling behind early, 13-22, moving to within 38-40 at the half.

    CSB was ahead 62-56 early in the fourth when the Knights came up with a 7-0 run to take control.

    "Ang hirap na manalo ngayon," said Letran coach Aldin Ayo. "We started flat defensively in the first three quarters good thing in the fourth quarter naka-recover ang mga bata sa depensa.

    "It's a chain reaction 'di maganda ang depensa kaya nafu-frustrate kami sa opensa," he added.

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    John Domingo and Jonathan Grey scored 14 points apiece, Jeffrey Ongteco had 12 and Fons Saavedra added 10 for the Blazers, who bowed out of semifinal contention with a 3-10 record.

    The scores:

    Letran 79 - Cruz 20, Racal 18, Luib 16, Quinto 9, Sollano 9, Nambatac 5, Apreku 2, Balagasay 0, Calvo 0.

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    CSB 69 - JJ. Domingo 14, Grey 14, Ongteco 12, Saavedra 10, Nayve 6, JS. Domingo 5, Jonson 3, Fajarito 2, Castor 0, Deles 0, Sta. Maria 0.

    Quarterscores: 13-22; 40-38; 54-56; 79-69.

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    Letran guard Mark Cruz celebrates a basket from beyond the arc. Jerome Ascano
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