LPU drops 127 points, 16 triples on hapless UST

LPU drops 127 points, 16 triples on hapless UST
RED-HOT. The three-point makes was overwhelmingly in favor of LPU, 16-1.

Lyceum of the Philippines owned all of the Filoil Flying V Centre on Monday afternoon.

The three-point line in the final frame, however, was all Spencer Pretta’s.

The transferee guard scored all but three of his 21 points in the final frame as the Pirates burned down University of Sto. Tomas by 39 points, 127-88, in one of the most impressive shows of force in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.

“’Di naman sa pang-aano, pero third quarter pa lang, alam na po namin na sa amin na yung laro,” Pretta expressed post-game as he and his team gave themselves a shot at the top-seed in Group A with a 6-2 record.

Indeed, LPU was on-point right from tip-off and scored no less than 27 points in the first three quarters.

With his team already ahead, 85-63, at the start of the fourth, however, Pretta still took over and went supernova. He had six triples in the Pirates’ total of 11 in the quarter.

“Sabi lang kasi ng teammates ko, tira lang,” the transferee from San Sebastian College-Recoletos said.

In all, Topex Robinson’s crew had 16 makes from behind the arc and made good on 51 of their 101 shots overall. “We focus on the things we have control over. That’s really our battle,” he expressed afterward.

Ralph Tansingco contributed his own 19 points built on three triples while Wilson Baltazar also had 15 points, including three treys.

All of LPU was so on-point that CJ Perez didn’t even have to do much and only had 11 points and five assists.

At 6-2, the Intramuros-based squad will now await whatever happens with the remaining assignments of San Beda College and Jose Rizal University.

For the Tigers, Christian Garcia showed the way with a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double. They conclude their preseason campaign with only one win through eight games.

BOX SCORES

LPU 127 – Pretta 21, Tansingco 19, Baltazar 15, Marcelino JV 12, Marcelino JC 12, Perez 11, Ayaay 6, Ibanez 6, Nzeusseu 6, Liwag 6, Santos 5, Caduyac 2, Cinco 0, Serrano 0, Valencia 0

UST 88 – Faundo 17, Garcia 16, Sta. Ana 14, Macasaet 8, Caunan 7, Lee 6, Huang 6, De Guzman 4, Romero 4, Soriano 4, Yabut 2, Afoakwah 0, Santos 0, Escalambre 0, Garrido 0, Cano 0

QUARTER SCORES: 27-14, 54-34, 85-63, 127-88

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