By Waylon Galvez
Games Today (The Arena, San Juan)
8 a.m. – Perpetual Help vs Letran (Jrs)
10 a.m. – Lyceum vs Mapua (Jrs)
12 n.n. – Perpetual Help vs Letran (Srs)
2 p.m. – Lyceum vs Mapua (Srs)
4 p.m. – JRU vs Arellano (Srs)
6 p.m. – JRU vs Arellano (Jrs)
Three games in to the season and Letran College coach Bonnie Tan already knows what needs improvement for the Knights to be more competitive in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
“Limit our turnovers,” said Tan.
After two days of practice sessions, Tan hopes that his team plays better as the Knights take on the Altas of University of Perpetual Help in NCAA action today at The Arena in San Juan.
The game between Letran and Perpetual is set at 12 noon, while Lyceum meets Intramuros neighbor Mapua at 2 p.m., before winless teams Jose Rizal University and host school Arellano University clash at 4 p.m.
Letran, a semifinalist the previous season, is fresh from a masterful 55-43 win opposite Jose Rizal University last Tuesday for their second straight victory for a 2-1 win-loss record.
Tan, however, pointed to their 24 turnovers, which gave the Knights an average of nearly 22 per game going to their match against the Altas – a team eager to rebound from a 75-63 loss to College of St. Benilde also last Tuesday.
“Just like what I’ve said, we struggle with our errors,” said Tan. “Now against Perpetual, we know they are coming off a loss and they want get back on track, so we have to really take care of the ball.”
“On defense, we just have to sustain our energy. The boys are playing well on defense, and it will be another test for us against Perpetual,” added Tan, who is in his first season with Letran.
On defense, the Knights have shown the type on intensity that is equally important in their campaign. In their match against the Heavy Bombers, the Knights held their opponent to almost 30 percent shooting from the field (16-of-57). Letran also dominated the rebounding department, 44-29.
Lyceum likewise tries to get back on track and regain its winning form after it suffered a heartbreaking 84-82 setback to the Generals of Emilio Aguinado College last week.
One thing going for Lyceum in its encounter with winless Mapua is the return of injured Cameroonian center Mike Nzuesseu, the 6-foot-7 center who broke his index finger in the off-season.