NCAA Season 94: Pirates near F4 twice-to-beat incentive
Mark Escarlote on Oct 02, 2018 06:00 PM
Lyceum of the Philippines clinched at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat advantage in the NCAA Season 94 seniors basketball competition.
Lyceum of the Philippines secured at least a playoff for a Final Four twice-to-beat incentive in a 92-76 rout of Mapua University Tuesday in the NCAA Season 94 seniors basketball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The semis-bound Pirates won its second straight after seeing their 30-game elimination round win streak since last year snapped to improve to 14-1 win-loss record.
"I'm really happy to see my players finding that groove again. There's so much lessons learned from losing that (game against Perpetual), it brings the most out of your players and that's what's happening for us," said LPU coach Topex Robinson.
LPU buckled down to business right from the get go and built a 23-point lead in the first 20 minutes and entered the halftime with a 53-32 advantage.
CJ Perez and Jaycee Marcelino led the way for the Pirates, who weathered a testy third period that saw Robinson slapped with a technical foul (unsportsmanlike behaviour) for continous complaining with the referees.
Perez finished with 20 points and 11 assists while Marcelino and Mike Nzeusseu posted 14 and 12 markers, respectively, for LPU.
Robinson was able to give his bench minutes of action, except for Jayvee Marcelino who was back in the bench for the first time after sustaining a cut on the upper side of his nose against Perpetual that required eight stitches. The Pirates bench produced 50 points and each of the players fielded registering points.
The also-ran Cardinals slid to 4-11 slate.
Warren Bonifacio led four other Mapua players in double digits with 17 points. Justin Serrano and Cedric Pelayo had 15 and 13 while Christian Bunag and Denniel Aguirre added 13 and 10 markers, respectively.
LPU (92) --- Perez 20, Marcelino 14, Nzeusseu 12, Caduyac 8, Ayaay 7, Pretta 6, Ibanez 4, Tansingco 4, Santos 4, Yong 4, Lumbao 3, Valdez 2, Serrano 2, Cinco 2.
MU (76) --- Bonifacio 17, Serrano 15, Pelayo 13, Bunag 13, Aguirre 10, Jabel 3, Salenga 3, Victoria 2, Gamboa 0, Lugo 0, Nieles 0.
Quarterscores: 21-17, 53-32, 73-60, 92-76
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