SAN JUAN City – De La Salle University completed the semifinal cast of the 13th FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup via an 80-69 drubbing of Colegio de San Juan de Letran Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Andei Caracut and Florencio Serrano starred in a strong fourth period that easily handed the win to the Green Archers.
The Knights gave it one last threat behind scores from Larry Muyang and Jeo Ambohot, 58-65, but the DLSU defense held them scoreless in a critical two-minute span that resulted in a triple from Caracut and a four straight stabs from Serrano in a crushing 11-2 run that resulted into a 76-60 cushion entering the last two minutes.
Serrano paced DLSU with 18 points. Caracut followed with 15 points while leading tournament Most Valuable Player contender Justin Baltazar knocked in 11.
Letran had a good start but sputtered in the second half as they missed team leader Jerrick Balanza who suited up but was not fielded due to illness. Allen Mina led the Knights with 19 points while Ambohot added 13 and Kurt Reyson had 10.
Waiting for the Green Archers is Group B top seed Lyceum of the Philippines University. The Pirates advanced earlier in the day by surviving a very tough Centro Escolar University, 78-69.
How They Scored:
DE LA SALLE (80) – Serrano 18, Caracut 15, Baltazar 11, Melecio 9, Manuel 7, Capacio 4, Bonggay 4, Bates 2, Cagulangan 2, David 2, Bartlett 2, Lojera 2, Lim 2, Cu 0, Escandor 0.
LETRAN (69) – Mina 19, Ambohot 13, Reyson 10, Ular 9, Muyang 6, Pambid 5, Yu 3, Olivario 2, Balagasay 2, Caralipio 0, Sangalang 0, Guarino 0.
Period Scores: 14-20, 35-37, 54-50, 80-69.