Nguidjol proves to be difference as Pirates push off Stags

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 28, 2015 04:56 PM
Nguidjol proves to be difference as Pirates push off Stags
CLOSE. San Sebastian made it interesting, but it was LPU who had the difference in Victor Nguidjol.

Of course, starting this NCAA 91 Men's Basketball, contests between Lyceum of the Phillipines University and San Sebastian College-Recoletos can only be exciting.

Topex Robinson saw his new crew lose a 16-point deficit, but had Victor Nguidjol power a late surge that finally drowned his old team as the Pirates prevailed against the Golden Stags, 71-67, on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

LPU took control from the opening tip and built an advantage of as much as 16 until Robinson’s alma mater and old team ignited a 20-7 blast to snatch a 67-60 lead with 4:41 remaining.

However, those would prove to be San Sebastian's last points as Nguidjol’s boundless energy brought him all over the court – hitting shots at one end and blocking or altering them at the other. On the back of their Cameroonian reinforcement, the Pirates scored nine unanswered points to retake a 69-67 edge.

Still with 10.1 ticks on the clock, the Stags gave the ball yet again to new clutchman Ryan Costelo who wasted no time in finding his way into the lane and throwing up what looked to be a made layup. That was until Nguidjol loomed over his shoulder and denied the attempt as seconds later, Jebb Bulawan’s free throws iced the win.

“We just didn't give up. We fought back and gave ourselves a chance to win,” coach Topex Robinson said in his post-game conference. Nguidjol posted 15 points, 17 rebounds, and four blocks to lift LPU its third win in 10 games.

Robinson’s alma mater and old team was led by Ryan Costelo’s 17 points and eight assists. The loss tied San Sebastian with the Pirates in the standings.

BOX SCORES

LYCEUM 71 – Ayaay 16, Nguidjol 15, Bulawan 10, Soliman 8, Taladua 8, Alanes 6, Baltazar 5, Mbida 3, Sunga 0, Malabanan 0, Lacastesantos 0, Lugo 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 67 – Costelo 17, Ortuoste 12, Calisaan 10, Guinto 8, Fabian 7, David 6, Pretta 3, Sibal 2, Capobres 2, Santos 0, Bulanadi 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 22-9, 37-21, 57-47, 71-67

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