Knights seize lead with win over Blazers

Letran Knights. NCAA PHOTO

There’s a new boss in the NCAA Season 97 men’s basketball tournament.

It should have been an old one, truth be told, but it took quite a while for defending champion Letran to get to the top.

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The Knights finally took the tournament lead on Saturday after dislodging longtime leader St. Benilde with a 74-66 victory at San Juan Arena.

“It’s all about the experience of my players. They have championship experience and that really helps in down-the-stretch situations,” coach Bonnie Tan said.

Kurt Reyson hit the go-ahead triple, 65-63, with 53.4 seconds left, highlighting a 12-3 finishing kick by the Knights. Louie Sangalang completed a three-point play to seal the game, 68-63, with 20.7 ticks to go.

Lyceum triumphs

Letran notched its 11th win against three defeats after stacking an eighth straight win while St. Benilde slid to 9-3, with two of those losses coming at the hands of the Knights.