Alas, Belorio, Cruz lead hard-fighting Letran to huge Game 2 victory in NCAA Finals | Inquirer News

Alas, Belorio, Cruz lead hard-fighting Letran to huge Game 2 victory in NCAA Finals

By: - Correspondent / @ForgetAbouJay
/ 10:02 AM October 21, 2012

The Letran Knights lived to see their hopes for a championship come alive as they outlasted the San Beda Red Lions, 64-55,  last night in  Game Two of the best-of-three Finals in the 88th NCAA men’s basketball tournament  at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Kevin Alas got plenty of help down the stretch from  Jonathan Belorio and Mark Cruz, who made timely buckets that sealed the win for the Knights and force a winner-take-all Game Three on Thursday at the same venue.


The victory was actually Letran’s first against San Beda in 16 games dating back to 2007.

Belorio stepped up with a double-double performance of 15 points and 10 rebounds. More importantly, he made two three pointers in the fourth canto including the go-ahead trey that put Letran in front for good with seven minutes left in the match.


Letran appeared determined in the first half and zoomed off to a 37-28 lead anchored on the surprise nine-point contribution of reserve guard Carlo Lituania.

San Beda buckled down in the second half and rode baskets by Ola Adeogun that tied the game at 41-apiece. Baser Amer then hit two freebies at the end of that stretch that put them on top, 43-41, heading to the payoff period.

The Knights did not crumble and fired back with nine straight points that was sparked by a three by Belorio. Alas added a three-point play while Cruz swished a trey from the corner that gave them a 57-50 advantage.

Meanwhile, San Sebastian’s Ian Sangalang was named as the league’s MVP in the awarding ceremonies before the game.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Basketball, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.