Will Gozum, Fighting Maroons knock out Lyceum in City Hoops
ABS-CBN Sports on May 28, 2018 06:55 PM
Will Gozum was a force for UP as they took down Lyceum in the 2018 City Hoops Tournament.
Despite facing a very different Lyceum compared to the team they took on in the elimination round, UP was unfazed, demolishing the Pirates, 76-53, last Saturday in Greenhills.
With the win, the Fighting Maroons advance to the next round of the 2018 SMART City Hoops 25-Under Summer Classic.
They will next take on either Letran or Ateneo in the semifinals.
Though third-year head coach Bo Perasol does not want to choose who he wants to face, the amiable tactician is hoping that his team continues to play with the same grit they displayed in the quarterfinals.
"What I liked the most was how we played defense. It was physical. It's something that says that we want to win," Perasol expressed. "Yun yung gusto ko makita, yung desire nila to be better and improve. Games like these are the payoff of what we have been practicing."
For the first time since winning the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup, the Pirates fielded their Team A sans CJ Perez and MJ Ayaay - both of whom are still training in the US.
However, the effects of the long layoff were clearly evident as Mike Nzeusseu, who finished the game with 12 points but gobbled up just four boards, and the Marcelino twins, who combined for just 10 points while totalling five turnovers, were off their game.
The Fighting Maroons took advantage of this in the second frame as the quartet of Bright Akhuetie, Will Gozum, Jaydee Tungcab, and Paul Desiderio blasted Lyceum's press.
UP's lead balooned to as high as 29 points in the final frame, 74-45.
Gozum powered UP with 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting while Desiderio and Tungcab had 12 and 11 points, respectively. Akhuetie added 10 markers and six boards.
A scary moment occured during the game for the Fighting Maroons, however, as incoming sophomore Juan Gomez de Liano suffered a sprained left ankle with 9:12 left in the game and did not return.
"It hurts but I'll be fine," said the UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year.
Meanwhile, in the championship of the younger year levels, La Salle Greenhills entered the day hoping for a double championship only to see Xavier School having other plans.
To open the day, the Greenies outlasted San Sebastian College-Recoletos 65-58, to win the 12-Under championship.
Brian Hachuela paced LSGH with 17 points and 18 rebounds while tournament MVP Minas added 14 markers.
However, Xavier did not allow a double celebration to take place as they were able to cap their Cinderella run in the tournament by stunning the previously-unbeaten Greenies, 39-34, for the 10-Under title.
Mythical Five member Andrew Chio led the Stallions with 14 points and nine rebounds while Yuan finished with a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
UP 76 - Gozum 15, Desiderio 12, Tungcab 11, Akhuetie 10, Manzo 8, Lim 6, Prado 6, Gomez de Liano Ju. 4, Santiago 2, Murell 2, Longga 0, Espanola 0.
LYCEUM 53 - Nzeusseu 12, Marcelino JC 8, Tansingco 6, Ibanez 6, Pericas 5, Yong 4, Caduyac 3, Mahinay 3, Marcelino JV 2, Pretta 2, Cinco 2, Guinto 0, Serrano 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 13-10, 27-21, 51-38, 76-53
LSGH 65 - Hachuela 17, Minas 14, Hizon 11, Gomez 10, Cortez 4, Sison 4, Peralta 3, Jugo 2, Muyuela 0, Torres 0, Ventura 0.
SAN SEBASTIAN 58 - Galindez 14, Manding 10, Lopez 9, Guanzon 8, Ramilio 6, Lugtu 7, Manalad 3, Delos Santos 2, Bariacto 0, Aran 0, Yran 0, Aran 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 12-10, 25-24, 51-40, 65-58.
XAVIER 34 - Chio 14, Yu 10, Tangsoc 6, Lagar 5, Yaumontek 2, Lugapo 2, Ibanez 0, Gensolin 0, De Leon 0, Go 0, Krin 0, Calina 0.
LSGH 34 - Nonato 11, Garama 7, Tuason 7, Victolero 5, Villacencio 2, Talusan 2, Cruz 0, Legarde 0, Paras 0, Hizon 0, Rosales 0, Nagano 0, Dulay 0, Delos Reyes 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 4-4, 18-15, 24-25, 39-34.