Monday, 30 August 2010 13 Comments
AFTER watching a video of the 2006 NBA Finals that featured the Miami Heat eventually capturing the Larry O’Brien trophy after trailing 0-2 before their team huddle, Letran head coach Louie Alas’ ploy worked and Jam Cortes had an inspiring performance.
Cortes was virtually unstoppable. His brilliance helped the Letran Knights score a 72-58 win against the Arellano Chiefs on August 30, 2010 holiday to remain in contention for at most the last seat of the Final Four in the 86th National Collegiate Athletic Association held at The Arena in San Juan City.
Cortes, with a tournament average of just 9.5 points and 8.6 rebounds, had delivered his season high of 19 points and 21 rebounds to give the Knights their 4th win against 7 losses.
“I told Jam Cortes before the start of the second round that I would use his performance as a barometer,” said Letran coach Louie Alas. “If he plays with a double-double performance, we’ll have a winning chance and we did.”
The Knights also avenged their 76-78 loss against the Chiefs in the first round.
Instead of going into their locker room for their halftime huddle, Coach Alas opted to just stay on the basketball court and have micro fun run. “They don’t want to run in defense in the first half that’s why I told them to practice running at halftime, I’m glad they learned their lesson,” continued Coach Alas.
Down 10-17 in the first quarter, the Knights used their vaunted pressure defense while Cortes took care of business in the shaded lane to help erase their 1st quarter deficit for that 33-29 halftime lead.
Franz Dysam, with 17 points, led the Knights’ charge at the start of 2nd half to keep the lead going until the final period. Letran was able to stretch their lead in double digits in the last quarter until the Chiefs fell apart along the way.
Jaypee Belencion added 14 points for the Knights.
Letran 72 – Cortes 19, Dysam 17, Belencion 14, J. Alas 8, K. Alas 6, Belorio 6, Espiritu 2, Alejandro 0, Ang 0, Pantin 0, Rodil 0.
Arellano 58 – Ciriacruz 19, Acidre 9, Celada 8, Lapuz 6, Tayongtong 6, del Rosario 5, Advincula 2, Anquilo 2, Palma 1, Casiño 0.
Quarter scoring: 10-17, 33-29, 53-49, 72-58.