After four years, Letran brought home the NCAA championship trophy to the Walled City of Intramuros after the Knights defeated the San Beda Red Lions in an emotion-filled Game Three 81-79 Tuesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
As part of the celebration, the Letran community lit a roaring bonfire to mark another milestone for the school, which captured its 18th overall title in the NCAA, and first since the 2015 season.
Letran team captain, Jerrick Balanza led the ceremony as he held the torch. The community proudly sang the Himno del Colegio de Letran as the fire lit up a pile of woods at the old gymnasium, which is under renovation.
Surprisingly while the celebration is ongoing, the Letran crowd chanted the famous “Go Uste!” battle cry during the bonfire, apparently in support of fellow Dominican school University of Sto. Tomas, which is playing Ateneo in the UAAP finals.
As of this posting, the Tigers and Blue Eagles are a few hours from Game 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena, with UST facing a must-win situation. (Justin John L. Del Rosario)