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Letran secures Final Four spot, aims to keep momentum going

October 11, 2018 - Thursday 6:10 PM by MindaNews

The Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights defeated the San Sebastian College Recoletos Stags on Tuesday to secure a spot in the final four of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament.

The Knights’ 11thwin of the season confirmed their final four slot following the San Beda College Red Lions and the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates with records of 14 wins each.

The team’s comfortable 79-61 victory over the Stags was the fifth addition to its running win streak.

The possibility of Letran earning a twice-to-beat advantage in the post-season is still there, but head coach Jeff Napa wants his team to focus on keeping its winning momentum and carrying it over to the final four.

This is the first time Letran has secured a spot in the final four since former head coach Aldin Ayo helped the team take away the title from San Beda in 2015.

The Letran Knights have to win their two remaining games in the regular season to be able to earn a twice-to-beat advantage.

The team’s next games are against the College of Saint Benilde and the University of Perpetual Help, which are the two remaining contenders for the last final four spot.

Larry Muyang was productive on both offense and defense, recording a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Letran had three other players in double digits in Batiller (15 pts), Galvelo (14), and Fajarito (11).

Michael Calisaan scored a total of 16 points for the Stags in the team’s losing effort.

The stags forced the Knights to commit 16 turnovers and managed to commit only 12. They also beat Letran in offensive rebounds, posting seven more offensive boards than their opponents.