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Jacob Cortez leads San Beda to another victory against Letran in NCAA rivalry game

MANILA, Philippines—Jacob Cortez starred once more in San Beda’s rivalry win over lowly Letran, 77-68, to officially end the elimination round of the NCAA Season 99 men’s basketball tournament at San Juan Arena on Friday.

Cortez finished with 17 points, including five in the last two minutes of the game, to go along with three assists, two rebounds and a steal to match.

“It’s really nice seeing Jacob grow as the season progresses. Earlier, he was easily frustrated, he tends to force a stop but as the season goes by, he’s trying to catch spots better now. [There’s] growing pains at the start but he’s surely matured,” said coach Yuri Escueta.

“He’s really grown in front of everyone at the end of the season’s elimination.”

The win also puts the finishing touches on the Red Lions’ season at 12-6, entering the Final Four with a four-game winning…