Surging Pirates send Blazers to worst start in 12 years
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 21, 2016 06:17 PM
WINNING TIME. Adrian Alban and LPU find themselves on the winning end for the second time in a row.
For the second straight game, Adrian Alban stole the show. And for the second straight game, Lyceum of the Philippines University found themselves in the winner’s circle in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The first-year player poured in 22 points and the Pirates drowned out College of St. Benilde with a 17-point tsunami, 75-58, on Thursday at the San Juan Arena.
Confident after his 19-point outing the last time around, Alban led the Intramuros-based team in taking control right from tip-off. The Blazers only mustered seven points in the first canto and only got to within single-digits once for the remainder of the game.
Mike Nzeusseu also contributed 15 points and 22 rebounds in LPU’s second straight win. Now at 2-3, coach Topex Robinson promised even better things from them in saying, “It’s always going to be team effort. (Mike) would not get his rebounds if not for the aggressiveness of his teammates.”
He then continued, “It’s not about (Mike), It’s not about Ian, it’s about Lyceum.”
Only scoring 23 points after the first half, CSB fell to 0-6 – their worst start since 2004 when they were only able to enter the win column in their 12th try.
LPU 75 – Alban 21, Nzeusseu 15, Baltazar 13, Alanes 11, Ayaay 6, Caduyac 6, Marata 1, Serafico 1, Magbuhos 1, Malabanan 0, Soliman 0, Soriano 0
CSB 58 – Fajarito 13, Haruna 13, Young 8, Dixon 8, Saavedra 6, Domingo JJ 4, San Juan 2, Pajarillaga 2, Pasamante 2, Castor 0, Domingo JS 0, Belgica 0, Leutcheu 0
QUARTER SCORES: 17-7, 33-23, 59-45, 75-58
Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.