Letran loses Abando, still beats Mapua in NCAA Finals opener

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Fran Yu Letran Knights NCAA Finals

Letran guard Fran Yu shoots during Game 1 of the NCAA Season 97 men’s basketball Finals against Mapua at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. NCAA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Letran took the driver’s seat in the final 45 seconds and pulled off a come-from-behind 68-63 win over Mapua to seize the opener of the NCAA Season 97 men’s basketball Finals on Sunday.

Struggling to find his range, Jeo Ambohot came through with a floater that bounced on the rim before trickling in that gave the defending champion Knights their first taste of lead after chasing the Cardinals for majority of the contest.

Mark Louie Sangalang split his free throws in their next possession and Fran Yu found an open Brent Paraiso on the baseline, pushing them ahead, 66-62, in the closing seconds as the Letran faithful roared in delight.

King Caralipio sealed the win with a free throw for the Knights, who saw…

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