MANILA, Philippines—Faculty of St. Benilde pulled a trick up its sleeve and caught Letran unexpectedly en path to a Sport 2 victory of their NCAA Finals showdown on Sunday.
Rising rookie Migs Oczon, who had been dominated out by coach Charles Tiu of Sport 2 on account of an ankle injury he suffered within the finals opener, confirmed up and performed a significant function in serving to the Blazers drive a deciding Sport 3.
“To be sincere, I need to ask for forgiveness to you guys (reporters), I knew he was going to play the entire week, I simply needed to inform he’s not taking part in simply to make sure,” Tiu stated after their thrilling win over the Knights, 76-71, at Araneta Coliseum.
“We have now a little bit little bit of thoughts video games of our personal,” Tiu added.
Oczon harm his ankle after touchdown on the foot of Letran’s Kyle Tolentino within the opening minutes of Sport 1 final Sunday and didn’t return. Tolentino was suspended in Sport 2 for planting his foot which led to Oczon’s damage.
Oczon returned in Sport 2, coming off the bench to ship 15 factors, together with the game-sealing turnaround jumper, 75-71, with 20.8 seconds left.
He additionally grabbed seven rebounds with two assists and a block besides.
Oczon stated he’s feeling a lot better and credited his coaches for his readiness heading into the essential Sport 2.
“I need to give credit score to our energy and conditioning coaches who helped me get well from my damage. My ankle is at 90-95 % so hopefully, by Sport 3, it’s all OK,” he stated.
St. Benilde shoots for its first NCAA championship in 22 years whereas Letran goes for a 3rd consecutive title on Saturday at Ynares Heart in Antipolo.
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