Rhenz Abando eagerly awaited the opportunity to carve his name into the Letran-San Beda lore.
He made the most of the opportunity on Friday, hitting two charities under pressure to mark a 59-56 run from the Red Lions and the Knights’ spotless elimination campaign in an Arena. Filoil Flying V was packed in San Juan City.
Letran coach Bonnie Tan said: “It all boils down to the halftime game.
Tan added: “This is one of the goals — to be number one. “It just happened that we also scanned. [the round]. ”
Abando finished with 10 points and seven rebounds after Louie Sangalang’s 12 points and two saves.
The Red Lions dropped to 3rd with the Mapua Cardinals, owners of a defeat to San Beda, climbing to second. This marks the first time the Red Lions have finished outside the top two stops since 2004.
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James Kwekuteye leads San Beda with 14 points. Tony Ynot scored five more but missed a three-pointer from the right corner, which could have extended the game.
“It was a tight game. San Beda revealed a lot of things that this matchup they kept secret from everyone for most of the time of the knockout. We were very surprised,” Tan said. “Luck seems to be on our side today.”
“Let’s see who we play in the semi-finals,” he added.
The Knights will know after the battle.
In the previous competition, Perpetual Help had survived Emilio Aguinaldo University, 63-60, as Altas marked the final ticket to the prize round that allowed the 5th and 6th-placed teams to qualify for Final Four.
Kim Aurin scored 10 of his 14 points in goal, allowing Altas to create a convenient buffer over long periods of time.
The generals threatened to return after the heroes of Ralph Robin, JP Maguliano and Kriss Gurtiza, who also strangled the three in the game.
Accordingly, Perpetual went home with a difference of 4-5, taking fifth place ahead of the University of Arellano thanks to its superior quotient.
The two schools that open Sunday’s match will decide the seed spots, followed by a game between San Beda and College of St. Benilde.
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