We are going the distance.
Five-time defending titlists San Beda Red Lions lived to fight one more day when they defeated arch rival Letran Knights, 68-81, in Game Two of the NCAA Season 91 Men’s Basketball Finals at the SM Mall of Asia Arena Tuesday night, October 27.
After finding themselves trailing by as much as double digits in the first half, Letran managed to draw closer when Mark Cruz went on a scoring spree which helped the Knights momentarily take the lead in the third quarter.
As it turned out, the Knights could not capitalize on San Beda’s 30 turnovers and early foul trouble in the payoff period. In one stretch, Rey Nambatac went to the foul line seven times, making none of the free throws. He was also held scoreless throughout the game. There were also wasted possessions when Letran was missing shots from point blank range.
The Red Lions held a six-point advantage in the final stages when Baser Amer and Dan Sara nailed crucial back to back threes to essentially seal Game Two in favor of the Mendiola-based squad.
Jaevee Mocon was named as the game’s top performer with 13 points, six rebounds, and two blocks.
The winner-take-all affair is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Oct. 29, also at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.