Pirates bounce back to halt Heavy Bombers’ winning run
Alvin Laqui on May 22, 2017 07:22 PM
CJ Perez lead all scorers with 24 points to lead the Pirates' bounce back game.
Lyceum of the Philippines University made sure they bounced back quickly from their heartbreaking overtime loss at the hands of the DLSU Green Archers last May 19 at the FilOil Premier Cup.
The Pirates recovered from the loss with a 95-87 victory over the erstwhile undefeated JRU Heavy Bombers Monday at the Flying V Centre in San Juan to improve to a 4-1 record.
Leading the fightback was CJ Perez, who had a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds and caused problems with his drives to the paint, while Wilson Baltazar drained five three-pointers en route to 19 markers to help the Pirates hold off JRU.
“It’s all about us really playing together and learning together from those mistakes against De La Salle, so it just brought us here to this game,” Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson said, “Prior this game we really didn’t do anything special, we just told them ‘we just have to pick up from where we left.’”
On the opposite end of a 72-65 advantage after three quarters, the Bombers were led by Ervin Grospe who scattered six of his team-high 21 points in the final frame to spark JRU’s fuse.
The Bombers rallied from down by as much as fifteen points to cut the lead to one, 81-80 with 3:53 to go in the fourth until the Pirates pulled away with timely buckets from Wilson Baltazar and Jasper Ayaay to finally be at the winning end of a close game.
Grospe paced the Bombers with 21 points, while Darius Estrella had 15 markers to pick up the scoring bulk in JRU star Teytey Teodoro’s off-game that saw him score just five points in 22 minutes of action.
With their loss, the JRU Heavy Bombers fell to a 3-1 record.
LYCEUM (95) - Perez 24, Baltazar 19, Nzesseu 13, Ayaay 11, Marcelino 9, Tansingco 6, Pretta 5, Ibañez 4, Marcelino 2, Caduyac 2, Marata 0, Serrano 0, Pallares 0.
JRU (87) - Grospe 21, Estrella 15, Poutouochi 13, Dela Virgen 10, Lasquety 8, Abdulwahab 7, Mendoza 7, Teodoro 5, Bordon 1, Mate 0, Sawat 0.
23-19, 42-37, 72-65, 95-87