Photo by Patrick Romero/ the LANCE.
The Letran Knights scored its second consecutive victory after beating the JRU Heavy Bombers, 55-43, Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.
It was when Bonbon Batiller scored five straight points to balloon Letran’s lead, 24-12, with 3:28 remaining in the second quarter. The Knights then led by as much as 15 points, 32-17, early in the second half.
However, the Heavy Bombers initiated a comeback after Ry Dela Rosa went on a run and scored eight straight points, including back-to-back three-point shots to cut Letran’s lead to six, 38-32, with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter.
Heading in the fourth, Paolo Javillonar drained six points to extinguish JRU’s hot streak followed by a three courtesy from Fran Yu as they regain the momentum and extend their lead to 13, 50-37. The Knights never looked back as they hold on to claim the win, 55-43.
Bonbon Batiller spearheaded the Knights with 14 markers and four assists.
“Definitely, itong season na ito kakailanganin namin isang veteran like him (Batiller). Happy lang na naka-recover siya sa errors niya,” Letran Head Coach Bonnie Tan said after a seeing a remarkable performance from the senior.
Ry Dela Rosa led JRU with 15 points, including three out of four three point attempts, and three rebounds in a losing effort.
The Knights are set to play against the Perpetual Altas next on Friday, July 19 at the San Juan Arena.
Letran (55) - Batiller 14, Ular 8, Javillonar 7, Balanza 6, Muyang 5, Mina 5, Yu 3, Ambohot 2, Olivario 2, Pambid 2, Balagasay 1, Caralipio 0, Reyson 0, Sangalang 0
JRU (43) - Dela Rosa 15, Dela Virgen 7, Dionisio 6, Amores 6, Delos Santos 4, Aguilar 3, Jungco 2, Steinl 0, Vasquez 0, Abaoag 0, Arenal 0
Quarter scores: 11-6, 30-17, 41-33, 55-43