NCAA: LPU blasts JRU by 32 points for 3-0 start to season

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 20, 2018 04:04 PM
NCAA: LPU blasts JRU by 32 points for 3-0 start to season
LPU had no problems whatsoever in remaining unscathed thus far in the season

Lyceum of the Philippines University put on a show from start to finish on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

In the end, the Pirates had a masterpiece on their hands, an 88-56 wire-to-wire domination of Jose Rizal University that eventually ended as their third consecutive victory to begin the 94th Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Everybody contributed for last year’s runners-up with seldom-used Kim Cinco even scoring 11 points.

“It’s a good win for us especially for our team manager Andro Lopez. It’s a good birthday present for him,” head coach Topex Robinson told reporters post-game.

Of course, the core was still there for LPU as they sailed to a 3-0 start to the season.

Mike Nzeusseu posted 21-point, 10-rebound double-double while CJ Perez and Jaycee Marcelino contributed 12 markers apiece.

The Heavy Bombers were still actually in the game with the tally tied at 10-all early on before the Pirates went on a 35-13 tear for a 45-23 lead at the half.

Their advantage would only increase to as much as 36 points as Robinson’s wards caused chaos all game long. “We always try to tell our players that we have to play our best against any team,” the always amiable mentor said.

That pressure proved too much for their opponents as they forced 34 turnovers which they then quickly converted to 30 points. “Our goal is always to make the opponents commit turnovers,” Robinson said, talking about their game plan.

For JRU, Jed Mendoza topped the scoring column with 14 points. Full of errors, however, they fell for the second time in as many games.

BOX SCORES

LPU 88 – Nzeusseu 21, Perez 12, Marcelino JC 12, Cinco 11, Yong 6, Ibanez 5, Marcelino JV 4, Valdez 4, Ayaay 3, Pretta 3, Santos 2, Lumbao 2, Serrano 2, Caduyac 1, Tansingco 0

JRU 56 – Mendoza 14, Mallari 10, Dela Virgen 7, Padua 6, Miranda 5, David 5, Esguerra 4, Bordon 4, Estrella 1, Dela Rosa 0, Silvarez 0, Aguilar 0, Santos 0, Ramos 0, Doromal 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-16, 45-23, 71-39, 88-56

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