by PMAD, August 2011
The Letran Knights survived a tough stand from the Mapua Cardinals by edging them in overtime, 69-67. Kevin Alas led the Knights by pouring in 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter including a game-tying three that sends the game to extra period. Mapuaâ€™s Yousef Taha who led the Cardinals with 18 points and 14 rebounds, blew a chance to win the game by missing a point blank shot in the paint towards the end of the fourth period.
In overtime, came out charging with Jonathan Belorioâ€™s lay-up and Jay Esprituâ€™s trifecta that gave them a comfortable five-point cushion, 66-61. But the Cardinals are not yet ready to wave the white flag and answered back with a three of their own courtesy of Josan Nimes that narrows the gap, 66-64 with over two minutes left in OT. With 17 seconds left in the game, Alas sink his two freethrows for a 68-65 lead but Allan Mangahas was sent to the line by Fanz Dysam with 7.7 left and made both his shots to trim the lead to a solitary point, 68-67.
Mark Cruzâ€™s was intentionally fouled after a timeout from Letran. He made his first shot and missed the second and after a rebound, Nimes raced down the court and missed a buzzer beating three that could have won the game for the Cardinals. The win enables the Knight to sweep their season series against the Cardinals who swept them last season.
Letran (69) â€“ Alas Kevin 20, Almazan 14, Cortes 10, Dysam 8, Belorio 4, Alas Kristofer 4, Racal 3, Espiritu 3, Pantin 2, Mendoza 0.â€¨
Mapua (69) â€“ Taha 18, Nimes 16, Mangahas 8, Banal 7, Pascual 6, Stevens 4, Chien 3, Ighalo 3, Sarangay 2, Parala 0.â€¨Quarterscores : 10-7, 28-28, 47-43, 60-60, 69-67