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Letran plays spoiler, foils Arellano

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.

The scores:

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.

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Mike is a former NCAA Game analyst under Studio 23. He was also a former Game Analyst for the 2005 Collegiate Champions League (CCL), 2008 Philippine Collegiate Championships (PCC), 2005 and 2006 National Basketball Conference (NBC) and 2005 Global Destiny Basketball League (GBDL). Started writing about College Basketball with Follow me on Twitter: michaelabasolo


  • maverick says:

    nice one knights see you soon…chiefs see you next season

  • prakash dul says:

    letran may have found its true leader – Jam Cortes

    • varsity says:

      well scoring wise, maybe…

      attitude wise, i dont think so. i can see him exchanging nasty words against the fans of the opposing team through mouthing of course since he’s on the court..

      even saw him signaled “lets do this outside” gesture…

      how bout that for a leader…

      i’d rather have dysam lead this team

      • That Important Defensive Rebound says:

        Seryoso? Whow. Jam Cortez is someone you don’t want to meet in a dark alley.

        Tsk tsk tsk. How I wish Marlon Gomez of Perpetual Help was allowed to play. Sa tingin ko may pagkapareho sila eh. Small, but very aggressive plus the PHYSICALITY!

        Not for the faint of heart pag sila ang nag agawan sa That Important Rebound.

  • The RED Army says:

    You can make it Letran! Arriba!

  • Har har says:

    They’ll make it…next year!

  • Galing Talaga ni Coach Louie says:

    Kung meron lang talagang quality players ang Letran sigurado kayang kayang makipag-sabayan yan sa Beda, JRU tsaka sa Baste.

  • Asking Knight says:

    yah maybe next year.. but not until we face our rivals.. and taste the blood of the lions and the stags…this year ain’t over until it’s over.

  • dodong says:

    akala ko dati c kevin sa lasal at c tampus derecho letran. wise move ni ono kun hindi alalay sya ni kevin

  • mapuan engr says:

    yes arriba letran hehehe!!

  • pam chua says:

    fr.vic,pari ba talaga yan? in looks and the way he talks looks like he’s not. madami na yang binastos, di lang sya pinatulan bec of respect. behind his back, a lot say negative things about him. hindi sya maka Dyos.
    just a word of caution, i overheard a frat planning to give him a brawl.

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