Pirates raid Blazers by 43 points, rise to still league-leading 5-0

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 01, 2017 02:00 PM
Pirates raid Blazers by 43 points, rise to 5-0
SMOOTH SAILING. LPU breezed their way to another best-ever start in school history.

Already having taken care of the top contenders in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Lyceum of the Philippines University’s way to a first round sweep looks to be smooth sailing.

That much was true on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as the Pirates had no problems and had their way against lowly College of St. Benilde, 98-55.

Jaycee Marcelino was everywhere with 17 points, seven rebounds, and three assists; CJ Perez was his usual self with 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and four steals; and Wilson Baltazar also added 16 points of his own as the Intramuros-based squad tightened their grip on solo first now at 5-0.

LPU actually started slow and found itself chasing down a one-point deficit, 8-9, at the midway mark of the first quarter until it turned on the pressure cooker behind CJ Perez and Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee. “The thing about them is they’re really working hard and they’re really capitalizing on making stops,” a beaming head coach Topex Robinson said.

From that point until late in the second period, the Pirates went on a relentless 36-10 rampage to mount a 44-19 lead all of a sudden.

All in all in the first half, Robinson’s crew had more threes made with eight than the Blazers had field goals made with seven.

Until the end, the Pirates never let up and led by as much as 46. “We just tried to play as hard as we can whoever it is we’re playing,” the head coach expressed.

The final margin of victory was lower at 43, but it was still the biggest in school history.

Already having downed contenders Jose Rizal University, San Beda College, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, and Arellano University in succession, LPU breezed its way into setting another best-ever start to the season. “We want to always better our performance,” Robinson said.

Next up on LPU’s schedule is University of Perpetual Help, Emilio Aguinaldo College, and Colegio de San Juan de Letran as they vie for a sweep of the first round – which would also be a first in school history.

For the Blazers, rookie Unique Naboa was the only positive with 14 points. Their ghastly 33 percent shooting as well as 40 turnovers proved to be much too much to overcome however, and they suffered their third loss in a row coming off a season-opening win.

BOX SCORES

LPU 98 – Marcelino JC 17, Baltazar 16, Perez 14, Pretta 10, Tansingco 9, Marcelino JV 7, Nzeusseu 6, Caduyac 6, Marata 4, Ayaay 4, Santos 4, Serrano 1, Ibanez 0, Liwag 0

CSB 55 – Naboa 14, Leutcheu 7, Belgica 7, Johnson 6, San Juan 4, Bunyi 4, Young 3, Domingo 3, Pili 3, Castor 2, Suarez 2, Dixon 0, Sta. Maria 0, Mercado 0, Velasco 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-11, 47-21, 68-34, 98-55

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