NCAA Season 94: Pirates extend win streak to 12
Mark Escarlote on Sep 13, 2018 10:31 PM
Lyceum of the Philippines University continued with its winning romp with a 20-point blowout of Emilio Aguinaldo College.
Lyceum of the Philippines University encountered a very game Emilio Aguinaldo College Thursday.
The Pirates found the Generals a tough nut to crack as LPU had a hard time shaking off a very clingy EAC squad.
But just like in their past conquests, the Pirates came up on top 95-75 to extend their winning streak 12 straight and remain unscathed in the NCAA Season 94 seniors basketball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
LPU, which struggled in the first half, made life miserable for EAC as they forced a season-high 38 turnovers that the Pirates converted into 38 points. The Pirates won their 30th straight elimination round game since their amazing elims sweep last year that gave them an outright ticket to the Finals only to lose via sweep in the championship series against San Beda University.
The Generals kept the game close up until the early part of the fourth quarter before LPU stepped on the gas, forcing turnovers off choking pressure defense and turning them into easy baskets to blow the game wide open.
CJ Perez led the Pirates with 19 points and grabbed five rebounds while Mike Nzeusseu posted 18 markers. Jaycee Marcelino played despite coming off a flu and finished with 15 points while Ralph Tansingco and Jayvee Marcelino added 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Intramuros-based squad.
Despite EAC taking a six-point lead early in the opening quarter and keeping the game close the whole first half, LPU head coach Topex Robinson knew that his wards will still survive the Generals' challenge.
"I think it's not really something that we're surprised with because I know the first half the energy level of the other team is still there. So we know that we're going to make some mistakes and what's important for us is how we sustain it (energy) for 40 minutes," said Robinson.
"I think that's very important on the way that we have to be disciplined and the way that we play defense especially on offense," he added. "So it came as no surprise to us that the game's close in the first half."
EAC dropped to 2-9 win-loss record and absorbed its fifth straight defeat.
Jerome Garcia flirted with a double-double with 30 points on 12-of-19 field goal shooting and nine rebounds for the Generals. Jess Bautista had 19 markers and 13 boards while Hamadou Laminou finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a lost cause for EAC.
LPU (95) - Perez 19, Nzeusseu 18, Marcelino JC. 15, Tansingco 11, Marcelino JV. 10, Pretta 5, Ayaay 4, Valdez 4, Santos 4, Yong 3, Caduyac 2, Ibañez 0, Lumbao 0, Cinco 0, Serrano 0.
EAC (75) - Garcia 30, Bautista 19, Hamadou Laminou 10, Maguliano 8, Gonzales 4, Cruz 2, Neri 2, Diego 0, Corilla 0, Natividad 0, Mendoza 0, Cadua 0.
Quarterscores: 20-18, 41-40, 61-53, 95-75
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