NCAA: Pirates cruise past Heavy Bombers
Mark Escarlote on Jul 26, 2019 04:32 PM
Lyceum of the Philippines University dominated Jose Rizal University for its third straight win.
Lyceum of the Philippines University stretched its winning romp to three straight after a clinical dismantling of Jose Rizal University, 95-77, on Friday in the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Pirates were on a rampage right from the get-go to cruise to their fourth win in five games while snapping the Heavy Bombers’ two-game win streak.
LPU flexed its muscle with a dominating 51-27 halftime gap and head coach Topex Robinson got the luxury of fielding his bench, which tallied 50 of the team’s total points, throughout the second half.
Mike Nzeusseu paced the Pirates with 13 points and eight rebounds while Ralph Tansingco had 13 markers. Nino Ibanez and Enoch Valdez posted 11 points each for LPU, which played sans resting Jaycee Marcelino.
“It’s a good ano for us, we know coming to the game na maraming dalang students and supporters ang JRU. So it’s gonna be a test of how well we’re gonna play against pressure because again we’re a new team with additional guys,” said Robinson. “I’m just happy we sustained the composure down the stretch.”
The Pirates opened an 80-52 advantage with 8:38 left in the third period off an Enzo Navarro triple.
The game got testy in the second half with JRU head coach Louie Gonzales getting ejected with 8:38 left in the third after two technical fouls. Heavy Bomber Agem Miranda was whistled with a disqualifying foul after punching Beirn Laurente in the stomach with 3:13 left in the ball game and LPU ahead, 84-66.
JRU fell to 2-4 mark.
John Amores finished with 23 points while Miranda chipped in 13 markers and four assists in a lost cause for the Heavy Bombers.
LYCEUM (95) -- Nzeusseu 13, Tansingco 13, Ibanez 11, Valdez 11, Caduyac 8, Jv. Marcelino 7, David 7, Pretty 6, Navarro 6, Laurente 6, Yong 4, Santos 2, Guinto 1.
JRU (77) -- Amores 23, Miranda 13, Delos Santos 9, Dionisio 6, Aguilar 6, Vasquez 6, Steinl 4, Jungco 4, Dela Rosa 3, Abaoag 2, Arenal 1.
Quarters: 31-19, 51-27, 75-49, 95-77.
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