May 18, 2023

PBA D-League: Finally, a breakthrough win for Letran

WANGS Basketball @27 Striker-Letran snapped a two-game skid with a breakthrough 100-92 victory over upset conscious PSP Gymers on Thursday in the 2023 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Filoil EcoOil Center in San Juan.

After three close quarters, the Knights uncorked a 12-1 run to start the fourth quarter to pull away from the hard fighting Gymers to give new coach Rensy Bajar his first victory.

Letran lost its first two games against Marinerong Pilipino-San Beda and Centro Escolar U -- both down the wire.

"Syempre masaya kasi 'yung first two games namin against San Beda at CEU, talagang napakasakit. Those were winnable games for us. Hindi kami pinalad pero naging maganda kasi 'yung ang nagturo samin paano tumibay," said Bajar.

"Kanina nga sa last two minutes, tinitingnan ko 'yung oras, parang ang tagal kasi gusto ko na talaga matapos para makuha na namin itong unang panalo. Masaya for our first win pero malayo pa kami."

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Skipper Kurt Reyson scored a conference-high 36 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter to anchor Letran's massive attack. He also pulled down four rebounds and dished eight assists to show the way for the Knights.

Kobe Monje and Neil Guariano turned in 23 and 11 points, respectively.

The game was tied at 69 after three quarters, until Reyson took matters into his hands.

It was a tough loss for PSP which threatened last at 85-92 but time ran out.

Dariel James Bayle turned in 35 points for PSP, which fell to 2-3 record. (JBU)

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The Scores:

Wangs Striker 100 - Reyson 36, Monje 23, Guariano 11, Javillonar 9, Alarcon 7, Fajardo 6, Ariar 6, Santos 2, Laquindanum 0, Cuajao, Lantaya 0, Brillantes 0, Bojorcelo 0, Morales 0.

PSP 92 - Bayla 35, Velchez 12, Yutuc 11, Olegario 9, Dela Cruz 7, Acu?a 7, Dino 4, Meneses 3, Castillo 2, Sumagsaysay 2, Sansano 0, Cesista 0, Quinga 0, Reyes 0, Gabriel 0.

Quarterscores: 24-17, 40-38, 69-69, 100-92.