Marcelino-led LPU sends statement to fellow NCAA 95 contender Letran

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 07, 2019 04:17 PM
Marcelino-led LPU sends statement to fellow contender Letran
Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino came through when it mattered most for LPU

Lyceum of the Philippines University showed it’s still a powerhouse in the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament even without CJ Perez and MJ Ayaay by sending a statement to fellow contender Colegio de San Juan de Letran with a 84-80 win, Sunday at MOA Arena.

As expected, Jaycee Marcelino steered the ship with 24 points, including the go-ahead basket and bonus that eventually ended as a season-opening win for the Pirates who are now sailing sans ex-MVP Perez and captain Ayaay. "Our team is about honoring CJ and Ay for bringing us here. We're grateful for what they did, but what's important is what's in front of us," head coach Topex Robinson said post-game.

He definitely wasn't alone, however, as twin Jayvee was right there with him, sealing the win once and for all with a breakaway layup off of a Jayson David defensive stop on King Knight Jerrick Balanza.

Jayvee also had the back-to-back hits that punctuated a 6-0 run that erased LPU's five-point deficit inside the last four minutes and erected a one-point edge.

Jeo Ambohot tied the tally with a split from the stripe only to see Jaycee nail a tough floater over the outstretched arms of Larry Muyang and then hit the bonus free throw.

In the end, the Marcelinos combined for 16 points in the final frame as well as a total of seven assists, five rebounds, and three steals. "The energy they bring to the team is really something super, super magical to us," coach Topex said, always in awe of his twins guards.

Reymar Caduyac was also steady as always with 16 points to help the Pirates overcome the absence of Cameroonian hulk Mike Nzeusseu who was out with a jammed right index finger.

For the Knights, Balanza topped the scoring column with 19 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds, and four steals.

BOX SCORES

LPU 84 - Marcelino JC 24, Marcelino JV 18, Caduyac 16, Santos 8, David 6, Yong 3, Navarro 3, Ibanez 2, Valdez 2, Tansingco 2, Pretta 0

LETRAN 80 - Balanza 19, Muyang 14, Ular 12, Ambohot 10, Olivario 8, Caralipio 5, Batiller 4, Reyson 3, Mina 3, Yu 2, Balagasay 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-21, 47-39, 64-62, 84-80

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