NCAA Season 94: Nagising kami sa pagkatalo -- Marcelino
Mark Escarlote on Sep 27, 2018 05:45 PM
Ayun nagising kami sa pagkatalo noong nakaraan kaya mas nagtrabaho kami sa loob -- Jaycee Marcelino
Lyceum of the Philippines University went unbeaten in its first 12 games in the NCAA Season 94 seniors basketball tournament.
It took a buzzer-beater from Prince Eze of University of the Perpetual Help to snap the Pirates of their dreamy run and send them crashing back to earth.
CJ Perez, Jaycee Marcelino and the rest of the LPU squad needed that loss to realize that the road for the crown will never be a rosy one.
“We’re very happy na natuto kami last game kasi nag-lack kami ng effort doon sa last game. Ibinigay namin ang lahat this game,” said Perez on Thursday after the Pirates bounced back from their stinging loss with a 113-79 demolition of Arellano University at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
LPU went back in the win column and most importantly secured at least a playoff for a Final Four spot with a 13-1 win-loss record.
The Pirates saw its 30-game elimination round win streak since last year and 12 straight victories this season come to a screeching halt after the dagger basket of Eze in the Altas’ 83-81 win last Friday.
Coming off that shocking defeat, LPU buckled down to business early to knockout the Chiefs.
“Masaya kami na naipanalo namin (ang laro), sa pag-bounce back namin,” said Marcelino. “Ayun nagising kami sa pagkatalo noong nakaraan kaya mas nagtrabaho kami sa loob.”
Marcelino led the way for the Pirates with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting in a match where he played without backcourt partner and twin Jayvee, who sat out the game following a cut above his nose in their match against Perpetual that needed eight stitches.
Jayvee Marcelino was inadvertently hit by Altas guard Rom Mangalino’s elbow.
“Wala si Jayvee kaya mas inano ko sa sarili ko na mas magtatrabaho ako sa loob ng court kasi ayun nga wala ang kambal ko kaya nag-double effort ako na mapanalo namin ang game na ito,” said Jaycee.
Jayvee is expected to get back into action next week when the Pirates take on Mapua University on Tuesday.
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