Eze, Lions-Knights merger take down LPU-led Team Heroes
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 01, 2017 07:34 PM
WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. Perpetual's Prince Eze along with a team up of archrivals San Beda and Letran was needed to bring down the LPU-led opposing squad.
It took the unprecedented team up of archrivals San Beda College and Colegio de San Juan de Letran coupled with a big game by Prince Eze to give Lyceum of the Philippines University its first taste of defeat in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The Red Lions and the Knights joined forces, Eze was a game-long force, and Team Saints warded off Team Heroes which was powered by the swashbuckling Pirates, 84-80, on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Altas’ big man posted a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double on top of three blocks to emerge as the runaway MVP of the exhibition. “Nag-blossom na talaga si Prince. I salute him for being the MVP,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said.
It was also Eze’s two free throws in the with 10 ticks to go that put the icing on the cake for Team Saints.
However, it was Robert Bolick’s corner triple with a dish from Javee Mocon that erased a one-point deficit and erected an 82-80 lead for Fernandez’ wards. “Give credit to coach Topex and the rest of the Heroes. They played well,” the head coach said.
In the ensuing possession, Rey Nambatac then stood strong against Teytey Teodoro, causing the latter to lose the ball.
That turnover essentially ended the chances of Team Heroes.
It was a rare occurrence for archrivals like Nambatac of the Knights and Bolick and Mocon of the Red Lions to be on the same side. “At least, I got to coach them once in their careers,” Fernandez expressed.
As it turns out, that is exactly what’s needed as an answer for the LPU crew which had gone undefeated in the first round.
Nambatac wound up with 12 points, three assists, and two rebounds while Bolick and Mocon merged for 12 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
While they came out at the losing end of the exhibition, it was still a fighting effort for Team Heroes which found itself trailing by as much as 12 in the first and second quarters.
Little by little, however, CJ Perez clawed them back into the game, totaling 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Coming up short in the final minute, however, head coach Topex Robinson got his first taste of defeat in the season.
SAINTS 84 – Eze 17, Dagangon 14, Nambatac 12, Bolick 7, Quinto 6, Baetiong 6, Mocon 5, Valdez 5, Potts 4, Calvo 3, Domingo 3, Dixon 1, Baytan 0, Castor 0, Ylagan 0
HEROES 80 – Perez 15, Garcia 9, Salado 8, Victoria 7, Flores 6, Mendoza 6, Teodoro 5, Munsayac 5, Grospe 4, Enriquez 4, Bunag 4, Nzeusseu 3, Raflores 3, Onwubere 1, Ayaay 0
QUARTER SCORES: 23-18, 45-41, 66-64, 84-80
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