Lyceum of the Philippines University has the number of Colegio de San Juan de Letran thus far in the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament as the former has now swept the latter in the elimination round.
Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee propelled the Pirates anew and the Knights just couldn’t keep up, 97-90, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
Jaycee soldiered on even after being ill the past five says and still scored 25 points, all but five in the second half, on top of three rebounds and two assists while twin Jayvee had his own two markers, three dimes, three steals, and two boards. "Yesterday lang siya bumalik (sa practice). He just played his heart out today," a beaming head coach Topex Robinson said post-game.
Reymar Caduyac was also there, scoring six of LPU’s last nine points as they strengthened their stranglehold on solo second now at 10-3.
With the two teams tied at 75-all in the last seven minutes, JCM scored six points in an 8-2 spurt that sent them ahead, 83-77.
Larry Muyang still kept Letran coming and they were only down by three, 85-88, with 2:24 left only to see Caduyac take charge and seal the deal in their fourth win in a row.
In the end, Caduyac scored 20 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals while Mike Nzeusseu also added 16 markers, nine boards, and two dimes as the Pirates repeated their season opener where they also took down the Knights. "It's not about Letran, but it's how we play as a team. These men played their hearts out," coach Topex said.
For the Knights, Muyang pounded in 16 points, four rebounds, and three blocks while rookie Kurt Reyson also turned in a career-best 20 points. All of those were all for naught, though, as they dropped to 9-5.
LPU 97 - Jc. Marcelino 25, Caduyac 20, Nzeusseu 16, Ibanez 12, David 11, Tansingco 4, Pretta 3, Jv. Marcelino 2, Valdez 2, Guinto 2, Santos 0, Navarro 0.
LETRAN 90 - Reyson 20, Muyang 16, Ular 14, Caralipio 8, Batiller 7, Ambohot 7, Balanza 6, Olivario 4, Javillonar 4, Mina 3, Yu 1, Pambid 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 23-20, 40-44, 71-66, 97-90.
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