LPU cruises to 4-0 after overwhelming Arellano

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 25, 2017 04:12 PM
LPU cruises to 4-0 after overwhelming Arellano
SMOOTH SAILING. LPU is yet to lose now four games into the tournament.

Lyceum of the Philippines University has a new best-ever start to the season in school history.

Kent Salado and Arellano University had no chance of keeping up on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as CJ Perez and the Pirates imposed their will from start to finish for a 99-65- decision.

Now at 4-0 in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Intramuros-based squad has set another best-ever start to the season – just four days after already registering three wins a row to open its campaign. “These players played well. They were up to the challenge of constant improvement, bettering our yesterday,” head coach Topex Robinson said.

Also, LPU has now matched its longest winning streak since it entered the NCAA in 2011. The last time they won four games in a row was back in 2013 under head coach Bonnie Tan.

CJ Perez did his thing and scored 16 points to go along with three rebounds and two assists.

He definitely wasn’t alone, however, as Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee turned in their best games in the tournament. “It’s always been a team effort. CJ might be the face of this team, but as I always share with you, he will never be better than his teammates,” Robinson said.

Pointman Jaycee wound up with 13 points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals while off-guard Jayvee contributed eight points, five rebounds, and two assists.

The twins did that all while hounding Salado, widely-regarded as the top guard in the league, to only 11 points in 33 percent shooting.

In all, the Pirates forced 27 turnovers from their opponents which they quickly converted into 27 points.

LPU’s spotless slate includes wins over Jose Rizal University, San Beda College, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, and now, Arellano. Robinson was quick to point out however, “The championship? It’s now within our reach. It’s there, but we just have to keep on winning and get used to winning together.”

For the Chiefs, Zach Nicholls topped the scoring column with 12 points.

Without the same sort of firepower, however, they dropped to 2-2.

BOX SCORES

LPU 99 – Perez 16, Marcelino JC 13, Ayaay 13, Tansingco 13, Nzeusseu 8, Ibanez 8, Marcelino JV 8, Caduyac 6, Serrano 5, Pretta 3, Marata 2, Baltazar 2, Liwag 2, Santos 0

ARELLANO 65 – Nicholls 12, Salado 11, Concepcion 9, Canete 7, Meca 6, Alcoriza 5, Dela Cruz 4, Enriquez 4, Flores 3, Ongolo Ongolo 2, Rivera 2, Abanes 0, Taywan 0, Villoria 0, Padilla 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-11, 40-30, 63-49, 99-65

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