Zark's-LPU breathes life onto playoff hopes by beating JRU
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 22, 2018 05:34 PM
Jaycee Marcelino and Zark's-LPU took care of business to remain in the running in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup
Zark’s Burger-Lyceum of the Philippines University improved its chances of advancing to the next phase, turning back Jose Rizal University, 91-81, Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
Mike Nzeusseu poured 22 points, 10 coming in the fourth quarter, to go with 11 rebounds while CJ Perez contributed 16 markers, five boards, and three assists.
The duo teamed up in staving off the late rally from the Heavy Bombers, which cut the deficit down to as low as four, 70-74, as they took matters to their own hands and strung eight straight points to give the Jawbreakers an 82-72 lead with 5:04 remaining.
“I guess we just got our groove back,” remarked coach Topex Robinson. “The way I see the players now, they are more engaged. There was a burnout factor and we had to pay the price, but coming to the playoffs, I think we’re getting the drive once again.”
Zark’s-LPU rose to fifth place with a 6-4 card, inching closer on clinching a quarterfinal spot with a win against University of Perpetual Help in its final game on April 3.
Ralph Tansingco chipped in 11 points and five rebounds while Rhanzelle Yong unfurled his nine markers in the third quarter, where the Jawbreakers established a commanding 66-54 edge behind a 12-2 spurt to open the period.
Also-ran JRU, meanwhile, incurred its eighth straight defeat to fall down to 1-8.
Jeckster Apinan was the lone shining light for the Heavy Bombers with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
ZARK’S BURGER-LPU 91 — Nzeusseu 22, Perez 16, Tansingco 11, Yong 9, Ayaay 7, Jc. Marcelino 5, Ibañez 4, Jc. Marcelino 4, Pretta 3, Santos 3, Caduyac 2, Marata 2, Serrano 2, Baltazar 1.
JRU 81 — Apinan 20, Dela Virgen 15, Porter 14, Mendoza 10, Esguerra 5, Bordon 4, Grospe 4, Yu 3, Sawat 2, Guzman 1, Silvarez 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 23-20, 47-43, 72-60, 91-81.