LPU rips Mapua, reaches double-digit wins for very first time

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 05, 2017 07:14 PM
LPU rips Mapua, reaches double-digit wins for first time
OUR TURF. CJ Perez and LPU completed a season sweep of Intramuros rival Mapua.

Fresh off a historic sweep of the first round, Lyceum of the Philippines University made sure that momentum stays on its side at the onset of Round 2 of the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Mapua University put up a fight from start to finish, but the Pirates still had all the answers for a 96-90 decision at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Tuesday.

CJ Perez waxed hot right from tip-off and wound up with 22 points and nine rebounds while Jaycee Marcelino caught fire in the final frame and collected 19 markers and six boards in the league-leaders 10th win in as many games.

Since joining the NCAA in 2011, this is the first time LPU has breached the double-digit marker in wins. The closest they came before was in 2013 when they had eight. “It’s another uncharted territory, but from here one, it’s just going to be tougher,” head coach Topex Robinson said.

And so, the historic season continues for Robinson and his boys who remain on top of defending champion San Beda College in the standings.

Perez saw to that, scoring 14 of his output in the first eight minutes of the game.

Still, the Cardinals kept coming and took full advantage with their opponents letting their foot off the pedal by a bit. “We didn’t play our game. We didn’t honor the game,” Robinson lamented.

From as much as 17 points down in the third quarter, Mapua battled back to things interesting until the final buzzer. Laurenz Victoria, Leo Gabo, and JP Nieles combined for 22 points in their 32-point fourth quarter that kept the Pirates sweating.

Fortunately for LPU, Marcelino also saved his best for last and poured in 10 of his output in the final frame.

MJ Ayaay and Ralph Tansingco also added 10 points apiece to help Robinson’s crew complete a season sweep of their Intramuros rivals.

Gabo paced Mapua with 21 points while Christian Bunag continued his rise with another double-double of 18 points and 14 assists.

Those still weren’t enough to put a stop to their downward spiral, however. They now stand at 1-9.

BOX SCORES

LPU 96 - Perez 22, Jc. Marcelino 19, Ayaay 10, Tansingco 10, Caduyac 8, Pretta 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Liwag 5, Nzeusseu 5, Marata 3, Baltazar 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Santos 0.

MAPUA 90 - Gabo 21, Buñag 18, Victoria 16, Aguirre 11, Nieles 9, Orquina 7, Pelayo 6, Raflores 2.

QUARTER SCORES: 20-21, 48-43, 73-58, 96-90.

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