Letran, Mapua start title conflict

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Letran, Mapua start title conflict


Defending champion Letran places the title on the road towards a red-hot Mapua facet of their best-of-three NCAA Season 97 Finals conflict that begins at the moment on the FilOil Flying V Heart in San Juan Metropolis.

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Mapua’s Randy Alcantara (left) and Bonnie Tan of Letran (NCAA/GMA)

The Knights eye a repeat of their championship success since profitable the Season 95 crown in 2019 whereas the Cardinals look to reclaim the misplaced glory which they final gained in 1991.

Tipoff of Recreation 1 is at 3 p.m.

Armed with potent weapons in Rhenz Abando, Jeo Ambohot, Brent Paraiso, Louie Sangalang and Season 95 Finals MVP Fran Yu, Letran is coming in because the heavy favorites within the title showdown.

The Knights remained undefeated up to now within the event, sweeping the eliminations earlier than making fast work of Perpetual Assist Altas, 77-75, within the semis to ebook a return journey to the Finals.

Mapua, however, needed to undergo a rocky path towards its first finals look in 31 years, claiming the second seed and the twice-to-beat edge regardless of a tie with San Beda within the standings with 7-2 information.

The Cardinals took the outright semis berth by advantage of its gargantuan upset of the Pink Lions, 68-54, of their elimination assembly.

Nonetheless, Mapua nonetheless needed to work for its spot within the finals after going through San Beda anew within the semis. The Season 95 finalist confirmed poise of their first sport, pulling off a pulsating 73-67 time beyond regulation resolution to drive the sudden-death match.

Fueled by their starvation and willpower to carry the title again to the Cardinals’ nest, Warren Bonifacio, Brian Lacap, Paolo Hernandez, Rhenz Nocum and Arvin Gamboa confirmed higher resolve within the do-or-die sport and took a 70-67 triumph to barge into the finals and arrange a what seen to be an epic ‘Battle of Intramuros’ towards Letran.

It is going to even be a battle of teaching wits within the sidelines as Bonnie Tan’s methodical halfcourt units and gradual paced sport anchored on their league-leading protection face a blitzing run-and-gun model that feeds on correct three-point sniping and quick paced tempo of Randy Alcantara.

 

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