Even sans CJ Perez and MJ Ayaay, Lyceum of the Philippines University looked formidable as ever in a 70-57 triumph over NCAA rival College of St. Benilde, Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre that commenced its campaign in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.
As expected, now-lead guard Jaycee Marcelino did the steering, with his 15 points, three rebounds, and two steals leading the Pirates to victory.
Cameroonian powerhouse Mike Nzeusseu brought the backup with a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double while transferee guard Renzo Navarro and second-year forward Enoch Valdez chimed in six markers apiece.
It was Marcelino, though, who engineered LPU's big fourth quarter drive which saw them outscore their opponents, 16-7.
That was more than enough to be the difference between the two teams, giving the decision to the Intramuros-based squad which has embarked on a new voyage without Perez and Ayaay who are now both playing in the PBA.
For the Blazers, sophomore guard Robi Nayve and first-year big man Jay Pangalangan topped the scoring column with 12 points each.
Playing without main man Justin Gutang and floor leader Yankie Haruna, however, upstart CSB was unable to keep up with NCAA powerhouse LPU.
In the day's other game, Centro Escolar University also breezed to an 84-65 victory versus Mapua University.
Senegalese Maodo Malick Diouf was too much for his defenders and pounded in 19 points.
Justin Serrano and Denniel Aguirre paced the Cardinals with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
LPU 70 – Marcelino JC 15, Nzeusseu 12, Navarro 6, Valdez 6, Ibanez 5, Santos 5, Caduyac 4, Remulla 4, Guinto 4, Marcelino JV 3, Tansingco 2, Yong 2, Baetiong 2, Lumbao 0.
CSB 57 – Nayve 12, Pangalangan 12, Lepalam 10, Flores 9, Javillonar 5, Carlos 3, Young 2, Mosqueda 2, Sangco 2, Domingo 0
QUARTER SCORES: 18-18, 42-38, 54-50, 70-57
CEU 84 – Diouf 19, Formento 16, Fuentes 13, Caballero 8, Uri 6, Diaz 6, Rojas 6, Lisbo 5, Chan 3, Intic 2, Abastillas 0.
MAPUA 65 – Serrano 17, Aguirre 16, Bonifacio 10, Bunag 7, Jabel 5, Victoria 2, Lugo 2, Garcia 2, Gamboa 2, Pido 2, Nieles 0
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