Colegio de San Juan de Letran takes on College of St. Benilde as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) On Tour of Season 93 basketball tournament rolls off anew today at the Letran Gym in Intramuros, Manila.
The Knights and the Blazers meet head-on at 4 p.m. while their junior squads figure in the curtain raiser at 2 p.m.
Letran guns for its third win to sustain its first streak of the season and climb out of the leaderboard’s bottom half.
The 2015 champion team is sharing the No. 6 spot with Arellano University, which the Knights beat, 82-75, in its previous outing two days ago.
“This win gives us momentum. I hope it continues,” said Letran head coach Jeff Napa.
Rey Nambatac put up a splendid performance on that victory as the veteran guard notched 10 of his 15 points in the pivotal fourth quarter while transferees Jeo Ambohot and Jeremiah Taladua chipped in significant figures.
The former Arellano volleyball player Ambohot finished a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds aside from five blocks while ex-Lyceum athlete Taladua tallied the same feat with 13 markers and 11 boards.
St. Benilde, meanwhile, seeks to heal the wounds of a demoralizing 55-98 defeat at the hands of the unbeaten leader Lyceum of the Philippines University also on Tuesday.
The Blazers were on the losing end of a 43-point demolition, which was the highest margin in the season so far.
The Taft-based cagers also committed a season-worst 40 turnovers, which yielded a season-high 46 points to Lyceum.
But the hosts know that the TY Tang-mentored St. Benilde is eager to snatch a bounce-back win.
“They’re a resilient team and we expect them to bounce back from that loss. We just have to be ready,” said Napa.