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Oftana shows way as San Beda blasts Letran to go 1-1 in PCCL - UAAP/ NCAA challenge

by Niel Victor Masoy, February 09, 2020 4:18pm

Calvin Oftana led the way as San Beda University beat rival Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 76-53, on Sunday to go 1-1 in the Philippine Collegiate Championship League (PCCL) - University Athletic Association of the Philippines/ National Collegiate Athletic Association (UAAP/ NCAA) challenge at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player did a little bit of everything, churning out 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists, four steals, and three blocks for a plus 26 in 35 minutes of play.

Ralph Penuela produced 16 points, four rebounds, and three assists to backstop him, while Peter Alfaro put up 12 points and three caroms.

James Kwekuteye scored five points only, but pulled down 10 rebounds and tallied two assists, and two steals.

With the victory, the Red Lions boost their chances of making the top two of the tournament - which will compete against the Luzon and the Visayas-Mindanao champions in the Final Four.

San Beda faces the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers for its last assignment in the elimination on Saturday at the same venue.

Bent on bouncing back from their loss to Ateneo yesterday, the Red Lions took control of the first three quarters and earned a 12-point, 57-45 lead heading into the fourth period.

San Beda then unleashed a 17-6 run capped by a Peter Alfaro layup to open the final canto and seize an insurmountable 23-point, 74-51 lead with 2:34 left in regulation.

Jeo Ambohot paced Letran with 13 points and seven rebounds as Larry Muyang cashed in 10 points and seven assists.

Christian Fajarito punched in eight points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

The Knights fell to a 0-2 slate, and are now in danger of not making the top two of the tournament.

 

The scores:

San Beda 76 - Oftana 17, Penuela 16, Alfaro 12, Carino 7, Cuntapay 6, Canlas 5, Villejo 5, Bahio 4, Etrata 4, Abuda 0, Fornis 0, Visser 0, Ratuiste 0, Tagala 0.

Letran 53 - Ambohot 13, Muyang 10, Fajarito 8, Yu 6, Ular 6, Pambid 5, Brutas 3, Mina 2, Javillonar 0, Reyson 0, Rocacurva 0, Vacaro 0, Guarino 0.

Quarters: 21-16; 37-29; 57-45; 76-53.

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