NCAA: CJ Perez fires new career-high as LPU frustrates Arellano

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 24, 2018 02:13 PM
NCAA: CJ Perez fires new career-high as LPU frustrates AU
CJ Perez showed the way as LPU battled back from 16 points down early on

Lyceum of the Philippines University found itself downed by a haymaker from Arellano University early on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

CJ Perez was not going to let them stay down, however, and showed the way as the Pirates got back up for a counter and then a combination that eventually ended as an 82-65 rout of the Chiefs.

Perez registered a new career-high 31 points, with 22 markers coming in the big-time second half blast that boosted his team to a 4-0 start in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The graduating swingman also stuffed the stat sheet with six rebounds, six assists, and five steals while Cameroonian reinforcement Mike Nzeusseu posted a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double for LPU which battled back from as much as 16 points down.

The Pirates suffered a slow start just as the Chiefs got it going right from tip-off. “Arellano is really a dangerous team. We just had to make sure that we take control of the things na sa amin,” head coach Topex Robinson said post-game.

Arellano proved Robinson right and mounted a 33-17 late in the opening salvo.

After that 33-point first quarter where Michael Canete scored 10 points, however, the Chiefs were only able to muster 32 points the rest of the way. “Good thing the boys put up a good fight and played as a team,” Robinson said.

Canete still topped the scoring column for Arellano with 12 points on top of eight rebounds while Ian Alban and Rence Alcoriza chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively. Unable to sustain their strong start, however, they were dealt their first defeat following a season-opening win.

BOX SCORES

LPU 82 – Perez 31, Nzeusseu 15, Ayaay 13, Marcelino JV 10, Serrano 4, Pretta 3, Caduyac 2, Cinco 2, Marcelino JC 2, Ibañez 0, Santos 0, Tansingco 0. 

ARELLANO 65 – Cañete 12, Alban 11, Alcoriza 10, Villoria 9, Meca 6, Dela Cruz 4, Concepcion 4, Sera Josef 3, Codiñera 2, Ongolo Ongolo 2, Santos 2, Abdurasag 0, Dela Torre 0, Sacramento 0. 

QUARTER SCORES: 19-33; 37-41; 58-54; 82-65

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