NCAA: No upsetting LPU on the watch of ‘special’ CJ Perez

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 24, 2018 04:12 PM
NCAA: No upsetting LPU on the watch of ‘special’ CJ Perez
CJ Perez resoundingly rejected Arellano’s attempt at a takedown of LPU

Lyceum of the Philippines University has won 22 elimination games in a row.

On Tuesday, though, that streak was in real jeopardy as the Pirates found themselves trailing Arellano University by as much as 16 early on.

Little by little, the league’s pacesetters battled back starting in the second quarter.

Of course, they followed the lead of main man CJ Perez.

“He’s special. You have to love him, you have to trust him. I just told him, ‘I’m gonna win and lose games with you,’” head coach Topex Robinson shared.

He then continued, “I don’t even care what’s gonna happen as long as you gave your best.”

Perez gave his best – and then some.

He dropped a new career-high 31 points, 23 coming in the second half, to go along with six rebounds, six assists, and five steals.

“Ginawa ko lang po yung best ko para makabalik kami,” he told reporters post-game, modest as always.

Behind him, LPU dominated the Chiefs by a score of 63-32 in the second to fourth quarters.

And he did all that, because his always amiable mentor kept him focused. “I always told him lang na he’s gonna make mistakes and that’s okay. That took out the pressure sa kanya,” he said.

In the end, the Pirates dodged an upset ax because their main man just wouldn’t let them take it.

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