Unstoppable Diliman sinks Letran; Braves score first win

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Powerhouse UCBL side Diliman College overpowered the Letran Knights, 107-76 for a rousing debut in the seniors division of the on-going 25th Fr. Martin’s Cup Summer League presented by Resorts World Manila and Bedans Class 62-66 on Saturday, April 13 at the San Beda University Gym in Mendiola, Manila.

Starting forward Johnnel Bauzon spearheaded four players in double-figure scoring for the Blue Dragons, the defending UCBL titlists, with 20 points. Sharp-shooter Joseph Brutas added 18 markers including four triples.

John Mahari and center Kevin Gandjeto chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively as coach Rensy Bajar’s troops asserted control from start to finish.

Diliman U jumped out of the gates, with back to back threes from Brutas opening a 13-3 gap in the opening quarter. From there, the Blue Dragons raced to a 29-11 advantage late in the first.

Later in the third period, Mac Enriquez sank a triple while new recruit Abdulaye Niang was the recipient of an unsportsmanlike foul. He converted two charities from that sequence to make it 63-42.

Letran big Daryl Pascual was a bright spot for Letran, which fell to 0-2 in Group B, finishing with a game-high 21 markers.

In the lone juniors division match-up, the Arellano University Braves also picked up a victory, surviving the Jr. Blue Royals of La Consolacion College-Manila, 71-64.

JC Recto powered the attack for the NCAA squad with 20 points while Ivan Salinel backstopped his efforr with 17 markers, hitting big baskets in crunch time.

The Braves rallied to a 35-17 lead in the second quarter to establish rhythm before weathering the LCCM rally towards the end.

The Jr. Blue Royals were still in striking distance, trailing only 57-63 when Salinel dropped a personal 5-0 run of his own, sinking a huge triple before finishing underneath to make it 68-58.

Arellano held on until the final buzzer to record their maiden win in the tournament.

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