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Letran escapes San Beda, leads NCAA Finals

From Letran's Twitter page
By Xy-Zha Cabanlong

PASAY CITY - The Letran Knights handed the first loss of the San Beda Red Lions all NCAA Season 95 long in the opener of their finals series, 65-64, Tuesday afternoon at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Fran Yu once again led the Knights to victory, finishing the game off with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.

"This win is a blessing for the team and the whole of the Letran community. Kung destiny yung championship sa atin [then we will work hard for it]. I just want to give back the trust na binigay sa akin [ng Letran]," said Letran Head Coach Bonnie Tan after the game.

San Beda were not able to go further than leading 6 points as Letran kept looming around, preventing to trail by a big margin.

Both teams entertained their respective faithfuls to a finals series full of action, with the game earning 7 deadlocks and 14 lead changes.

Evan Nelle lead the Red Lions with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist.

The finals series continues on Friday still at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Box Scores:

Letran 65 - Batiller 12, Balanza 10, Yu 10, Ambohot 9, Muyang 7, Reyson 7, Mina 3, Ular 3, Caralipio 2, Sangalang 2, Balagasay 0, Olivario 0.

San Beda 64 - Nelle 20, Kwekuteye 11, Oftana 11, Tankoua 7, Soberano 6, Bahio 4, Doliguez 3, Etrata 2, Abuda 0, Cuntapay 0, Alfaro 0.

Quarterscores: 17-18; 28-32; 47-44; 65-64.

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