NCAA: Nzeusseu makes the most out of first game in MOA Arena

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 07, 2018 07:51 PM
NCAA: Nzeusseu makes the most out of first game in MOA Arena
Mike Nzeusseu imposed his will from start to finish in LPU's first win in the season

Lyceum of the Philippines has now won 19 straight games in the elimination round of the NCAA.

And with an 85-80 victory versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos, the Pirates have also begun their voyage in Season 94 on the right note.

Much of that was thanks to Cameroonian powerhouse Mike Nzeusseu who posted a powerful 23-point, 20-rebound double-double.

Nzeusseu was a force inside from start to finish and just in 17.5 minutes of the first half, he already had 15 markers and 11 boards to his name.

According to the graduating big man, that was all because of the reminder of head coach Topex Robinson. “Before the game, coach reminded us that as much as we’re excited cause it’s our first game in MOA [Arena], we want to be aggressive and we have to set the tone,” he said.

LPU had never played at the MOA Arena – as most of their games have been at the Filoil Flying V Centre and last year’s Finals was held at the Araneta Coliseum.

And so, being aggressive was exactly what Nzeusseu did.

However, the rest of the Intramuros-based squad took some time to do the same, though, and it wasn’t until the last two minutes when they put away the Golden Stags.

For that, the 23-year-old big man said they have to do better. “Like coach said, they were the grittier groups so we have to remember what coach tells us during practice – that we don’t compete [against] any team, we’re competing against ourselves,” he said.

Robinson only shared the same sentiment. “Actually, I always remind the team that now, every time we’re gonna play anybody, they’re always gonna play their best. That’s the responsibility now of being up there,” he said.

He then continued, “That’s why we always have to be better versions of ourselves.”

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