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Fajarito, Muyang star as Knights shoot down Heavy Bombers

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Games Tuesday

(Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan)

8 a.m.- CSB vs JRU (jrs)

10 a.m.- MU vs AU (jrs)

12 nn.- CSB vs JRU (srs)

2 p.m.- MU vs AU (srs)

4 p.m.- EAC vs SBU (srs)

6 p.m.- EAC vs SBU (jrs)

Letran imposed its inside might as it trampled Jose Rizal, 74-68, to jump into a share of third place with Perpetual Help in the 94th NCAA basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Christian Fajarito and Larry Muyang, transferees from St. Benilde and La Salle, respectively, took turns in delivering the biggest blows as the Knights booked their second straight victory against a defeat for joint third with the Altas.

Firing 14 points each and combining for 17 rebounds, Fajarito wrecked damage in the second quarter when his team outscored the Bombers, 20-9, to turn a 19-22 first quarter deficit to a 39-31 lead at the break while Muyang pumped in 11 in the third canto when they pulled away for good.

It was also Fajarito who scored the basket that gave Letran its biggest lead of the game, 70-43, with less than seven minutes to go to zap the last fight out of JRU.

“We are blessed to have been gifted big men this season,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa.

Truly, it was a dominating inside effort for the Knights, who outrebounded the Bombers, 55-33, including 24 on the offensive end against the latter’s 11 while thoroughly controlling the inside scoring, 50-14.

JRU though appeared to have control early after ending the first period with a 22-19 advantage but it turned out short-lived as Fajarito and Muyang took over in runs bridging the second and third quarters.

The Bombers, who were led by Jed Mendoza’s 16 points, remained winless in four starts.

The boxscores:

Letran 74 – Fajarito 14, Muyang 14, Calvo 9, Quinto 8, Balanza 7, Ambohot 7, Mandreza 4, Balagasay 3, Celis 3, Batiller 2, Taladua 2, Agbong 1, Yu 0, Banez 0

JRU 58 – Mendoza 16, Esguerra 11, David 10, Miranda 9, Dela Virgen 6, Bordon 4, Mallari 2, Padua 0, Silvarez 0, Dela Rosa 0, Ramos 0, Estrella 0

Quarterscores: 19-22; 39-31; 65-43; 74-58