Coach Jeff Napa thinks Letran finally found its right rhythm after stringing three wins in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.“We’re starting to pick up right now,” Napa said of his Knights, who climbed to solo third at 4-3 after a woeful 1-3 start.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her The Generals had a shot at reclaiming the third spot against the Knights last week even minus injured Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou, who sustained a season-ending ACL injury .But end-game miscues doomed the Generals for a 97-93 setback against the Knights.Bong Quinto has also stepped up for the Knights, the last during their 63-61 escape over the Altas where the veteran forward nailed the go-ahead basket.The thrilling win pushed the Knights behind league leaders Lyceum (7-0) and San Beda (6-1).“The players didn’t give up,” said Napa. “That’s where you really see the character of the players.” —JASMINE W. PAYOADVERTISEMENT Read Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Anton youngest to top slalom race at 12 View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Rey Nambatac has keyed the Knights’ resurgence and Letran hopes to extend its streak against the San Sebastian Stags at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.But Napa said his Knights should brace for a tough duel against the Stags, who also posted back-to-back triumphs to grab a share of fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“San Sebastian is a physical team and really likes to run so it’s going to be tough,” said Napa.Emilio Aguinaldo College, tied with San Sebastian at 3-3, tangles with Jose Rizal U at 2 p.m., while struggling Arellano and Perpetual Help clash at 12 noon. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Whittier Christian High School girls basketball coach Bill Crammer admits there was doubt at the start of the season about how far his team could go. “But in the back of my mind, I always believed we had the potential to be here,” Crammer said. “Here” is the CIF-Southern Section Division V-AA championship game. Nearly five months later, the Heralds are here. They will face fellow Alpha League foe Village Christian for the title this morning at The Pyramid at Long Beach State. Game time is scheduled for 9:30. “I knew we had the talent,” Crammer said. “The biggest issue was that we’re so young and whether we could accomplish enough in one year to get here.” With a front line averaging 6-foot, the Heralds posted a 23-6 record that earned them the division’s No. 1 seed. They’ve scored playoff victories over Mojave (54-31), Lancaster Desert Christian (56-37) and Maranatha (51-41). The front line of 5-10 Whitley Brown (12.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg), 6-2 Jacko Joseph (7.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and 6-0 Kristen Schaefer (5.7 rpg) gives the Heralds a distinct advantage inside over the Crusaders (24-6), whose tallest players are 5-9 guard Alex Dill (11.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and 5-8 center Becky Quintana (8 ppg, 6.2 rpg). The Crusaders rely more on an aggressive, pressure defense to create turnovers and start their transition game, but they get most of their scoring from perimeter shooting, led by guard Jesse Allen (9.5 ppg), who has 37 3-point baskets, and Dill, who has 18. “They don’t match up with us inside,” Crammer said, “but the key for us will be in handling their press. We can’t afford turnovers that feed their transition game.” Another key for the Heralds might be Amy Woodward off the bench. “She shoots very well, and if they pack it in with a tight zone defense, she’ll come in for us quickly,” Crammer said. Whittier Christian won both of the league games between the two teams, defeating the host Crusaders 46-44 and then breezing to a 46-28 decision at home. Village Christian finished second (8-2) in league. The Crusaders are the No. 2 seed. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!