Zark’s Burger-Lyceum of the Philippines University made it three wins in a row as it scored a come-from-behind 83-76 victory versus Akari-Adamson University on Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
CJ Perez survived his poor 6-of-18 shooting and saved his lone three-pointer in the final 59.5 seconds which put the Jawbreakers up, 81-76, and secured the win for his side.
The energetic Perez delivered 20 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block in the win.
Jaycee Marcelino also exacted revenge against his former school, going for 19 points, six coming in the last five minutes, while also collecting two boards and two steals.
Ralph Tansingco got 17 in the tight win, which saw 39 lead changes and 14 deadlocks.
“I just challenged them,” said coach Topex Robinson of his wards. “I have to back off sometimes and trust them that they will do the right thing.”
Perez and Marcelino ignited an 11-2 rally to turn a 62-69 deficit in the last 7:23 to a 73-71 edge with 4:20 remaining.
Jerrick Ahanmisi still tried to resuscitate the Falcons with a trey to cut the Jawbreakers’ lead down to two, 78-76 at the 2:17 mark of the payoff period, but failed to find the bottom of the net for the remainder of the game as Zark’s held on for the W.
Cameroonian center Papi Sarr anchored the Falcons in their first loss with 17 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks.
Ahanmisi shot 3-of-9 from downtown and contributed 15 markers, eight boards, and four dimes in the loss.
ZARK’S BURGER-LPU 83 — Perez 20, Jc. Marcelino 19, Tansingco 17, Ayaay 8, Nzeusseu 6, Jv. Marcelino 5, Baltazar 2, Caduyac 2, Ibañez 2, Serrano 2, Cinco 0, Marata 0, Santos 0.
AKARI-ADAMSON 76 — Sarr 17, Ahanmisi 15, Espeleta 11, Manganti 9, Mojica 8, Lojera 7, Hill 3, Macion 3, Lastimosa 2, Longalong 1, Bernardo 0, Buenaventura 0, Camacho 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 26-27, 46-45, 58-61, 83-76.