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PCCL: San Beda avenges NCAA Finals loss with rout of Letran

By Drew Malihan

MANILA - Calvin Oftana and Ralph Penuela led the San Beda Red Lions to a convincing 76-53 win against Letran Knights in the 2020 PCCL NCAA-UAAP Challenge at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City on Sunday.

A huge fourth quarter outing saw the Red Lions pulling away with the much-needed win as they limit their former tormentors to just eight points while scoring 19.

Oftana tallied 17 points in 46 percent shooting with nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks, while Ralph Penuela registered 16 points in 7-of-10 shooting with four boards and three dimes.

It was all San Beda basketball in all four quarters, giving the lead to Letran in only the first minute of the fourth quarter before stepping on the gas.

It was a sure off-night for Paolo Javillonar who was blanked on all three shots while only getting two rebounds, while Fran Yu only shot 30 percent on the floor and getting only six points.

Jeo Ambohot stepped up for the Knights with 13 points and seven boards while Larry Muyang got 10 points and seven rebounds but failing to lift Letran’s hopes up.

The defensive prowess of San Beda showed up to improve their tournament record to 1-1 as they limit Letran to just 20-of-78 from field.

With Letran out of contention, they will try to end their journey on a good note as they will face UAAP champions Ateneo on Saturday.

Box Scores:

San Beda (76) - Oftana 17, Penuela 16, Alfaro 12, CariƱo 7, Cuntapay 6, Kweku-Teye 5, Villejo 5, Etrata 4, Bahio 4, Ratuiste 0, Abuda 0, Visser 0, Fornis 0, Tagala 0.

Letran (53) - Ambohot 13, Muyang 10, Fajarito 8, Ular 8, Yu 6, Pambid 5, Brutas 3, Reyson 0, Javillonar 0, Vacaro 0, Rocacurva 0, Guarino 0

Quarterscores: 21-16, 37-29, 57-45, 76-53

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