Sabellina wins the tap
The Letran Knights have a the most NCAA basketball titles in the country and its rich basketball tradition is that its always a contender in the NCAA. Last year the Olympians beat the Knights by 15 points which made the Knights respect the Global City squad. In that game the Olympians used their signature defense to clog the lanes and limit their shooters. Unfortunately this time around the Olympians were in disarray and their offense was quite allergic and the Knights capitalized on this to give the Olympians a sound 72 - 62 beating thus avenging their loss last year.
RK Morales scores
The first quarter saw both teams size up each other as D- Leaguer Maclean Sabellina starting things up with a bank shot. The Knights tried to shoot the lights out as their main gunner Kevin Alas scored at will while the rest of the Knights followed suit. The Olympians came back and went up 14 -13 with time down to six seconds with the Knight's Alas about to give the Intramuros based team the lead as he was awarded two free throws. Unfortunately Alas muffed both shots but made up for his boner by getting the rebound and scoring on a follow up. That play pretty much sums up the laxity of the Olympians.
Noel Ohjandja worked hard
for his 12 points
The second quarter was all to familiar refrain as the Olympians went to penalty early which the Knights capitalized on once again. The Olympians defense was out of sync which made the Olympians foul the Knights most of the time, this eventually resulted in free throws for the Knights. The Olympians gave up 26 points in the 2nd quarter, a far cry from their game last year when they limited the Knights to only 2 second quarter points. The Knights eventually closed out the quarter with a commanding 41 - 33 lead.
Jerald Bautista on an And one play
The third quarter was the last stand of the Olympians as their shock troopers led by their new Cameroonian recruit Noel Ohandja, Elmer Labis, Norman Ihalas and Jerald Bautista cut down the lead of the Knights to just one 47 - 46. Unfortunately, the same mistakes that hounded the Olympians all game long came back as they allowed the Knights to close the quarter with a 5 - 0 run. After that the Olympians never got close as the knights avenged their loss in last year's Fr Martin's Cup. Ohjanda eventually topscored for the Olympians with 12 points.
The tough inside defense of
the Knights prevented Cedric Ablaza
to topscore again
LETRAN COLLEGE (72)
K. Alas 18, Belorio 17, J. Alas 8, Dysam 7, Lituania 6, Gabriel 6, Cruz 3, Cudal 3, Mendoza 3, Panin 1,
STI COLLEGE (62)
Ohandja 12, Ihalas 10, Bautista 9, Labis 9, Morales 6, Crisostomo 5, Po 3, Riva 3, Ablaza 2, Sabellina 2, Chavez 0, Melano 0, Bocablo 0, Saldana 0, Moreno 0,
Quarterscores: 15 - 14, 41 - 33, 52 - 46, 72 - 62