Perez, Pirates live up to hype in 21-point blowout of Bombers
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 11, 2017 04:36 PM
FOR REAL. CJ Perez and LPU wasted no time in sending a statement.
Like they have done all throughout the preseason, this is a new and improved Lyceum of the Philippines University now in the 93rd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
And the first and foremost reason is CJ Perez.
Perez did it all, the rest of his teammates only followed suit, and the Pirates shot down fellow playoff-hopeful Jose Rizal University for a 21-point rout, 96-75, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
After spending the last three years in Ateneo de Manila University, the do-it-all wingman had a triumphant return to the NCAA and tallied 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Team captain MJ Ayaay was right there with him and collected 11 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and a steal of his own.
Still, the contest was close after the first two quarters and the Pirates’ lead was only six until Ayaay generated the massive surge that would sent them way out in front for the remainder of the game.
The LPU lead ballooned to as much as 30 points, 92-62, as they scored 53 points, in all, in the second half.
In the preseason, the Pirates were one of the more impressive teams with an offense that could get hot at any moment.
It wasn’t just in scoring that the Intramuros-based squad dominated, however, as they also registered a big-time 53-32 edge in total rebounds, including a whopping 21-6 advantage in offensive boards.
On defense, LPU hounded Teytey Teodoro to only 13 points in 38 percent shooting while also forcing him to commit three turnovers. “What’s important is we made stops and went back to our floor defense,” Robinson said.
Already with one statement win under their belt, Robinson and crew now head into a highly-anticipated showdown with defending champion San Beda College on Friday. “You don’t win championships in the first game so we’ll still try to be better,” he expressed.
For the Heavy Bombers, little-known Jed Mendoza showed the way with 18 points.
Without any depth to keep up with LPU, they suffered a setback to open their campaign.
LPU 96 – Perez 22, Nzeusseu 13, Ayaay 11, Marcelino Jv 9, Ibanez 9, Tansingco 8, Baltazar 7, Caduyac 5, Marcelino Jc 4, Santos 3, Pretta 3, Serrano 2, Cinco 0, Liwag 0
JRU 75 – Mendoza 18, Grospe 15, Teodoro 13, Poutuouchi 13, Dela Virgen 4, Abdul Razak 3, Castor 3, Bordon 2, Mate 2, Sawat 2, Lasquety 0, David 0
QUARTER SCORES: 27-18, 43-37, 68-54, 96-75
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