NCAA: LPU re-asserts mastery over Baste for strong start to season

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 07, 2018 06:29 PM
LPU re-asserts mastery over Baste for strong start to season
LPU has scored its first win in the new season at the expense of modern-day rival San Sebastian

Lyceum of the Philippines University still has the number of San Sebastian College-Recoletos now in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

With CJ Perez yet again showing the way and Mike Nzeusseu yet again imposing his will, the Pirates got the better of the Golden Stags for a well-earned 85-80 win on Saturday at the MOA Arena.

The two teams were all even at 77 with three minutes remaining before Nzeusseu and Spencer Pretta connived for a 6-1 rush that pushed LPU ahead, 83-78, with 41.4 ticks to go.

Allyn Bulanadi’s couple of charities pulled Baste back to within three, but MJ Ayaay closed the door on them once and for all with a short stab over big men Michael Calisaan and Jessie Sumoda. “It was kinda ugly, but we’re gonna take the bad with the good. Kumbaga, namasko kami,” head coach Topex Robinson said post-game.

Perez wound up with 15 points, six rebounds, five steals, and four assists while Nzeusseu posted a monster 23-point, 20-rebound double-double.

Jaycee Marcelino also added 13 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals to help the Pirates sail to a big-time win to start the season. “We found a way to get a win and we couldn’t be any happier,” Robinson said.

The win was also the Pirates’ third win in a row over San Sebastian in the NCAA. It was also the same story in the PBA D-League where the former downed the latter in three games in the Finals.

For the Golden Stags, RK Ilagan topped the scoring column with 18 points before fouling out early in the final frame.

Bulanadi and Calisaan did the heavy lifting after his exit and ended with 15 and 12 points, respectively.

BOX SCORES

LPU 85 – Nzeusseu 23, Perez 15, Marcelino JC 13, Serrano 6, Pretta 6, Yong 6, Marcelino JV 5, Ayaay 4, Caduyac 4, Ibanez 2, Santos 1, Cinco 0, Tansingco 0, Valdez 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 80 – Ilagan 18, Bulanadi 15, Calisaan 12, Calma 10, Valdez 7, Sumoda 6, Dela Cruz 5, Desoyo 4, Villapando 3, Capobres 0, Are 0, Baytan 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-14, 43-43, 67-60, 85-80

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