Pirates now a perfect 14-0 after dispatching Generals
SAILING. LPU is four wins away from an elimination round sweep.
There wasn’t going to be any close call when Lyceum of the Philippines University met Emilio Aguinaldo College for the second time in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Dominating from opening tip to final buzzer, the Pirates had their way against the Generals, 86-74, for yet another convincing victory on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
MJ Ayaay collected 15 points and nine rebounds and all of Topex Robinson’s wards were determined to make a statement. “Our mindset is that all games that we play are crucial,” the head coach said even after they improved to a still league-leading 14-0.
In their first round meeting, LPU just narrowly avoided the upset ax from EAC, 99-95.
There wasn’t going to be a close call in this one as they blitz to a 9-2 start that would only become a 29-19 lead at the end of the opening salvo.
That double-digit advantage, as well as the momentum, would remain in favor of the Pirates for the remainder of the game.
CJ Perez contributed an all-around 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and one rebound while Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee merged for 20 markers, 11 dimes, four boards, and seven pilfers.
Still undefeated through 14 games, the Intramuros-based squad is four wins away from an elimination round sweep that will automatically advance it into the Finals.
On the other hand, the Generals remained in neutral at sixth spot with a 6-8 record. They now need to win out in their remaining elimination round assignments to still have a shot at the playoffs.
Jerome Garcia topped the scoring column for them with 17 points while Sidney Onwubere chipped in a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double.
LPU 86 - Ayaay 15, Perez 13, Jc. Marcelino 11, Caduyac 9, Jv. Marcelino 7, Tansingco 7, Pretta 6, Nzeusseu 5, Cinco 5, Baltazar 2, Ibañez 2, Santos 2, Liwag 2, Marata 0.
EAC 74 - Garcia 17, Onwubere 15, Munsayac 9, Tampoc 8, Bugarin 6, Guzman 5, Diego 4, I. Mendoza 3, Corilla 3, Neri 2, J. Mendoza 2, Pascua 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 29-19, 54-39, 74-59, 86-74.
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