The Colegio de San Juan Letran Knights relied on a late-game surge to defeat the University of the East Red Warriors, 105-99, in the FilOil Flying V Pre-season Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena on Saturday.
Letran, with the win, has improved its record to two wins and two losses while UE absorbed its third loss in five games.
The Red Warriors started strong with a hot performance from the field posting a sizeable 32-16 edge going into the second quarter.
But the Knights managed to close the gap bringing themselves within striking distance, 78-73, with just 10 minutes left in the game.
Letran came alive in the fourth period with the tandem of Jomari Sollano and Rey Nambatac leading the charge en route to their second straight victory in the competition.
Sollano had a stellar shooting performance – seven out of seven attempts for a total of 23 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Nambatac contributed 21 points, five boards and three steals while Jerrick Balanza and Bong Quinto chipped in 18 and 16 points, respectively.
Veteran guard Mcjour Luib and John Calvo each posted 11 points for Letran.
Meanwhile, the Adamson University Soaring Falcons recorded their third straight victory at the expense of the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals, 85-81.
Cameroonian big man Cherif Papi Sarr dominated the paint in the absence of Mapua center Allwell Oraeme, who is serving a one-game suspension for a disqualifying foul in their last outing.
Papi Sarr had 27 points on an 11 out of 14 shooting in the charity stripe together with 16 boards and three blocks.
It was Mapua who had the upper hand after two quarters of action. The Cardinals managed to sustain their offensive in the first half to post a 43-40 lead at halftime.
The Falcons came back big in the third period with a 27-point explosion establishing a narrow 67-65 advantage going into the final canto.
Adamson controlled the fourth quarter foiling all attempts by the Cardinals to recover until the end of regulation.
Harold Ng finished with 13 points and three assists while teammates Robbie Manalang and James Pasturan had nine markers each.
Also, the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals notched their first win in three games by defeating the University of the Philippines Fighting Fighting Maroons, 68-59.
The frontline duo of Hamadou Laminou and Sydney Onwubere led the Generals with a combined output of 39 points and 32 rebounds.