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Quinto’s triple double power Knights over Cardinals; Blazers scalp Chiefs

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Bong Quinto registered his third triple-double performance of the season as Letran drubbed Mapua, 84-69, to cling to solo third place in the 94th NCAA basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

The 23-year-old Quinto checked in with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists as the Knights kept their grip of the No. 3 spot with an 8-4 (win-loss) record.

It came a month after posting a pair of triple-double efforts.

“It’s easier for him to do it because he’s one of the leaders of the team and he is familiar with his teammates,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa of Quinto.

Quinto’s strong effort came on the same day teammate JP Calvo exploded with a career-high 26 points on an efficient nine-of-13 shooting clip.

The Cardinals fell to 4-9.

College of St. Benilde kept breathing down Letran’s neck at No. 4 after it smashed Arellano University, 89-73.

Fil-Am rookie Justin Gutang fired 23 points and spiked it with five boards, six assists and three steals for the Blazers, who ended a two-game slide by notching their eighth win against five defeats, or just half a game behind the Knights.

Lyceum of the Philippines University and reigning titlist San Beda lead the way with a 12-0 and 12-1 slate, respectively.

It was the eighth loss against four wins for the Chiefs, who played their first game minus former coach Jerry Codinera after he resigned yesterday.

Junjie Ablan, who was the coach in AU’s first season in 2009 as a guest team, took over on the interim basis.

The boxscores:

First Game

Letran 84 – Calvo 26, Quinto 11, Fajarito 10, Muyang 9, Ambohot 8, Celis 7, Yu 5, Taladua 4, Balagasay 2, Mandreza 2, Galvelo 0, Batiller 0, Agbong 0, Pambid 0, Banez 0

Mapua 69 – Gamboa 17, Lugo 13, Bunag 12, Pelayo 8, Jabel 7, Bonifacio 4, Aguirre 4, Nieles 2, Victoria 1, Salenga 1, Serrano 0, Biteng 0, Garcia 0

Quarterscores: 19-19, 45-28, 64-50, 84-69

Second Game

CSB 89 – Gutang 23, Nayve 16, Leutcheu 14, Naboa 13, Haruna 9, Carlos 6, Belgica 6, Pagulayan 2, Dixon 0, Pasturan 0, Young 0, Velasco 0, Barnes 0

Arellano U 73 – Alban 22, Concepcion 15, Canete 11, Dela Cruz 10, Alcoriza 6, Dela Torre 3, Villoria 3, Sera Josef 2, Santos 1, Segura 0, Bayla 0

Quarterscores: 22-14, 37-26, 65-50, 89-73