Letran slips past St. Benilde to earn Final 4 playoff

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran found its mark when it mattered most as it subdued St. Benilde, 66-60, to secure a playoff for the last Final Four spot in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Bong Quinto nailed a booming triple from the right wing, which was followed by a huge putback from Rey Nambatac off a JP Calvo fastbreak in the final 18.1 seconds to give the Knights a comfortable 64-59 lead in the clutch.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ST. BENILDE 60 – Leutcheu 18, Pili 16, Sta. Maria 6, Castor 4, Dixon 4, Mercado 4, Domingo 3, San Juan 3, Velasco 2, Johnson 0, Naboa 0, Suarez 0, Young 0.Quarters: 20-11, 28-28, 48-43, 66-60. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Though Dino San Juan split his freebies on the other end, Calvo put the nail in the coffin as he drilled two free throws in the last 6.6 ticks to win the game.Nambatac fired a near double-double with 18 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, while Calvo scattered 16 markers, five boards, and four dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJerrick Balanza also shot 2-of-5 from three to wound up with 13 points and three rebounds, while Jeo Ambohot got 10 markers and 13 boards in the victory.Letran halted its two-game losing skid to finish the eliminations at 9-9 and move on to the fourth-place playoff against Arellano on Friday. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Competitive season expected as 9 teams see action in ABL Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Still, coach Jeff Napa was unsatisfied with how the Knights fought the Blazers in their closer.“A win is a win but we can’t play like this coming to the playoff. Arellano is very dangerous and if we want to succeed and move on to the next phase of the tournament, everybody should play their A-game,” he said.Clement Leutcheu paced St. Benilde (4-14) with 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Eric Pili got 16 markers and six boards in the losing effort.The Scores:LETRAN 66 – Nambatac 18, Calvo 16, Balanza 13, Ambohot 10, Quinto 7, Balagasay 2, Bernabe 0, Caralipio 0, Gedaria 0, Mandreza 0, Pamulaklakin 0, Taladua 0, Vacaro 0.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ View commentslast_img