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Written by: JOSEF T. RAMOS
TOWERING 6’7 Raymond Almazan played the game of his life to power Letran College to a close 96-94 overtime win against San Sebastian College last May 3, 2013 (Friday) in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan City.
Almazan, who will play his last season in the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association season, racked up 27 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and swatted four enemy attempts. While Mark Cruz scattered 19 points and seven rebounds to give the Knights a 2-1 win-loss log.
“Our mindset is to work hard and step up,” said Almazan, who registered 8-of-14 shots from the field and 11-of-15 from the foul line. “As a veteran, I want to show my rookie teammates that we need to work harder.”
The Golden Stags forced overtime behind the solid play of rookies Leo de Vera and CJ Perez.
Rookie Rey Nambatac added 13 points and nine rebounds with two steals, while Franz Dysam had 12 points and Fidel Castro had 11 points for the Knights.
Leo De Vera shot five triples for 20 points, while Jaymark Perez scored 20 points, 14 boards, and five assists for the Golden Stags, who dropped to a 2-3 win-loss log.
Letran (96) — Almazan 27, Cruz 19, Nambatac 13, Dysam 12, Castro 11, Gabawan 6, Belorio 4, Luib 4, Publico 0, Po 0, Pantin 0, Tambelling 0, Buenaflor 0.
San Sebastian (94) — De Vera 20, Perez 20, Tano 13, Guinto 12, Rebollos 10, Dela Cruz 8, Gusi 7, Vergara 3, Balucanag 1, Lee 0.
Quarter Scores: 18-19; 33-38; 64-57; 79-79 (reg); 96-94.