NCAA: Letran strikes down Mapua in rematch

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Posted at Sep 27 2022 06:00 PM | Updated as of Sep 27 2022 08:06 PM

MANILA -- (UPDATED) Defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran dropped their Intramuros rival Mapua University, 67-62, in Season 98 men's basketball tournament on Tuesday.

The Knights shrugged off a slow start before putting up a huge fight in the fourth period on their way to their third win.

Fran Yu fired 15 points to go with his 5 assist and 3 steals, while Paolo Javillonar added 14 in the rematch of their title series last season. 

Letran was trailing Mapua, 48-50, in the payoff period when the Knights unloaded a 12-0 run to take a 60-50 advantage. 

Brian Lacap managed to pull the Cardinals to within two points, 61-59, with 1:11 remaining in the clock.

But Yu knocked down a dagger three to push the Knights further ahead, 64-59, with 46 seconds remaining.

Lacap paced Mapua with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

With the win, the Knights earned a share of the top spot with a 3-1 record, while the Cardinals fell to 1-4.

The scores:

Letran 67 - Yu 15, Javillonar 14, Caralipio 8, Reyson 8, Monje 7, Sangalang 6, Paraiso 5, Santos 3, Olivario 1, Miclat 0, Tolentino 0.

Mapua 62 - Lacap 12, Salenga 11, Hernandez 9, Nocum 8, Pido 6, Soriano 6, Bonifacio 4, Gamboa 4, Parinas 2, Garcia 0, Igliane 0.

Quarters: 10-15, 32-33, 46-48, 67-62.