Cruz powers Knights’ OT win over Generals

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Point guard Mark Cruz led Letran College to an 84-77 overtime victory over Jose Rizal University (JRU) in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 90 senior’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City on Friday.

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The veteran playmaker Cruz, who posted 26 points and five steals, blasted the JRU Heavy Bombers’ defense with back-to-back triples in the extra period to improve the Knights’ win-loss record to 4-6. Cruz notched 10 points during the overtime period.

Letran’s forward Kevin Racal contributed seven points plus six rebounds and five assists.

Philip Paniamogan led JRU with 26 points. The Heavy Bombers now have a 6-4 win-loss slate.

In the second game, the College of Saint Benilde posted an 83-76 win over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals improving their record to 6-4.

Paolo Taha finished with 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the field plus six rebounds for the Blazers.

The Generals’ record dropped to 3-7.

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