Monday, 27 September 2010 5 Comments
The Colegio de San Juan de Letran knew it had no chance for a Final Four berth, but the crew gave head coach Louie Alas a fitting win for one of the most feared coaches in the league and did not stop the effort until the buzzer sounded to signify their end of the 86th Season of the NCAA.
The Knights, banking on the stellar plays of Jam Cortes and Jaypee Belencion, continued their domination of Emilio Aguinaldo Generals, 68-47, since the 1st round on September 27, 2010 at The Arena in San Juan City.
With a 7-9 win-loss slate, the Knights could no longer advance to the Final Four after San Beda (15-0), reigning champion San Sebastian (13-2), Jose Rizal University (11-4) and Mapua (9-6) have already occupied the Final Four spots.
Cortes had another double-double performance with 15 points each and 15 rebounds, while Kristoffer Alas added 12 points to finalize the Generals 2-14 win-loss record. Letran will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
The Knights had a strong 1st quarter start, immediately hoisting a 20-8 advantage. Then, the Knights took control of the ballgame, leading at one point, as much as 20 points to seal the deal.
“It was disappointing that we did not make it in the Final Four. There are some close games that we should have won. It’s very frustrating,” said Alas. “From this, we gained a lot of experience with our losses going to the next season.”
Letran had 12 2nd Chance points and 27 turnover points, thanks to the 9 offensive rebounds of Cortes and 33 turnovers committed by EAC.
In his final year as a former scoring leader, Argel Mendoza had 9-points and 8 turnovers to end his tenure with the Generals.
Meanwhile, at the EAC camp, with Jeff Lapitan, Neil Tuazon, Lowell Yaya, including Mendoza already at the end of their tour with the Generals, newly appointed Head Coach Gerry Esplana clearly stressed that the rebuilding phase of this team has begun. “We will completely rebuild this team from scratch”, Coach Esplana said,
Coach Esplana has lost 3 straight games since taking over the bench on September 15, 2010 in a game against the JRU even handing over the Perpetual Help Altas 1st ever win of the season. “It’s all a matter of finding the right pieces, it will be a tough job”.
Letran (68) – Belencion 15, Cortes 15, Alas J. 12, Dysam 6, Alas K. 5, Belorio 5, Taplah 5, Almazan 4, Alejandro 1, Ang 0, Espiritu 0, Rodil 0.
EAC (47) – Mendoza 9, Cubo 8, Vargas 8, Chiong 6, Jamon 5, Tuazon 4, Yaya R. 3, Diolanto 2, Lapitan 2, Sanchez 0, Villegas 0.
Quarter Scores: 20-12; 37-23; 57-38; 68-47