MANILA, Philippines – The Letran Knights, the Adamson Baby Falcons and the Lyceum Philippines University Lady Pirates continued their winning ways on Sunday, clinching quarterfinal slots in the 18th Fr. Martin Summer Cup basketball tournament.
Mark Cruz tallied 22 points, spearheading the Knights’ 75-68 beating of the University of Perpetual Help Dalta Altas. It was their sixth consecutive triumph in the tournament held at the St. Placid gymnasium at the San Beda campus.
Cruz poured in nine points in the second quarter, allowing the Knights to take a 36-22 halftime advantage. Letran is now one win away from sweeping Group B.
The Knights joined the Ateneo-A Blue Eagles, who had qualified for the quarterfinals earlier.
Meanwhile, John Margallo unloaded 22 points for the Baby Falcons, who walloped Naga Montessori, 87-40, in the juniors division for their fifth straight victory in Group B.
The Baby Falcons are in the quarterfinals along with the Our Lady of Fatima University Junior Phoenix, who finished the eliminations with a 6-1 record.
Frances Mae Cabinbin and Janelle Mendoza scored 18 and 14 points, respectively, for the Lyceum Lady Pirates, who demolished the Our Lady of Fatima University Lady Phoenix, 76-64, and moved into the women’s quarterfinals with a 3-1 slate.
In other varsity encounters, the La Salle Green Archers, who got 12 and 11 points from Joshua Webb and Mark Tallo, put away the Ateneo-B Blue Eagles, 67-56.
The Green Archers dropped to a share of the second spot with the Perpetual Help Altas with identical 3-2 records.
Nate Matute banged in 24 points for the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, who prevailed over the Lyceum Pirates, 92-66, to improve their slate in Group A at 3-2.
In Group B, Rodolfo Carlos and Jason Ibay scored crucial baskets in the final 13 seconds to lead Informatics past the Philippine Merchant Marine School Mariners, 73-70, to wind up sharing the same 3-2 record as the Heavy Bombers.