LPU not satisfied even after sailing smoothly to 11-0
WE'LL TAKE THE WIN. LPU was unable to replicate, or even come close to, its 43-point rout of CSB in the first round.
Lyceum of the Philippines University had no problems keeping its spotless slate in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament intact.
Squeezing out 34 turnovers and quickly converting them into 39 points, the Pirates dominated from College of St. Benilde from start to finish en route to an 83-69 decision on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
CJ Perez was their top scorer with 14 points, but the league-leaders got contributions from all over to make sure they remain undefeated now at 11-0.
MJ Ayaay scored all but five of his 12 points in the first quarter to spark LPU’s strong start of 23-10.
They would not look back from there as Cameroonian Mike Nzeusseu joined in on the fun and totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds while also throwing down twice.
Still, the Pirates are looking for more from themselves even though they remain in solo first. “Actually, we’re far from satisfied kasi ang dami naming turnovers. We have to take care of the ball better,” assistant coach Jeff Perlas said, talking about their 23 turnovers.
The last time the two teams did battle, LPU won by 43 points, 98-55 – a far cry from their 14-point margin of victory this time around. “Nakaka-catch up na yung ibang teams,” Perlas said.
Though they are slowly but surely nearing it, a sweep of the elimination round is far from the minds of the Pirates. “Every game, yung midset namin, don’t look at the standings kasi we’re battling ourselves. It’s already about us at this point,” Perlas said.
On the other hand, the Blazers remained in the bottom third of the leaderboard with a 2-9 record.
Edward Dixon dropped a career-high 27 points, but 12 of those came in the final frame when the game was already all but over.
LPU 83 – Perez 14, Ayaay 12, Nzeusseu 10, Caduyac 9, Pretta 9, Marcelino JC 7, Baltazar 7, Marcelino JV 6, Tansingco 5, Ibanez 2, Marata 2, Cinco 0, Liwag 0, Serrano 0
CSB 69 – Dixon 27, Leutcheu 13, Belgica 10, Domingo 6, Johnson 5, Sta. Maria 4, Castor 2, Naboa 2, Pili 0, San Juan 0
QUARTER SCORES: 23-10, 46-30, 66-53, 83-69
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