LPU brings down Perpetual en route to still league-leading 6-0

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 04, 2017 04:03 PM
LPU brings down Perpetual en route to league-leading 6-0
PRESSURE COOKING. LPU's transition game got the better of Perpetual's grind it out game.

It has been quite clear now that the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament has gotten going that, in the blink of an eye, Lyceum of the Philippines University can run up the score.

Squeezing out 27 turnovers and quickly converting them into 23 points, the Pirates blitzed right through University of Perpetual Help for a 76-58 decision on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

In a matchup featuring two teams with polar opposite styles, it was the league-leaders who were able to impose their will all the way to their sixth win in as many games.

That didn’t seem like it after the first half as the defensive Altas slowed down the game and even had a one-point lead, 35-34, early in the third quarter. “Actually, during the first half, medyo tight kami. We were not having fun,” assistant coach Jeff Perlas said.

He then continued, “So coach Topex (Robinson) just reminded them na it’s all about defense. From making stops, we can have easy points.”

Indeed, just like that, LPU got going and unleashed 15 unanswered points for a 50-35 advantage.

They would only step harder onto the pedal and mounted a 23-point lead, 76-53, late.

In the end, the Pirates had a 21-6 edge in fastbreak points, with 13 coming in the last two quarters.

As always, CJ Perez was fronting the charge and eventually ended with 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Birthday boy MJ Ayaay also continued to be the team’s glue guy with 12 points and nine rebounds of his own.

While they are two wins away from a first round sweep, LPU still made it clear that they will not stop improving. “We know all the teams will prepare harder for us so we can’t settle na natalo namin sila,” Perlas said.

Prince Eze was the lone bright spot for Perpetual with 21 points and 19 rebounds. Taken out of their comfort zone, they dropped to 2-3.

BOX SCORES

LPU 76 – Perez 19, Ayaay 12, Nzeusseu 9, Baltazar 9, Marcelino JV 8, Ibanez 5, Marcelino JC 4, Caduyac 4, Santos 4, Serrano 2, Tansingco 0, Marata 0, Liwag 0

PERPETUAL 58 – Eze 21, Ylagan 7, Dagangon 7, Pido 6, Coronel 6, Sadiwa 4, Hao 3, Singontiko 2, Casas 2, Yuhico 0, Lucente 0, Tamayo 0, Mangalino 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-13, 34-30, 52-40, 76-58

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