NCAA 95: Nzeusseu, JVM save day as LPU shoos away Perpetual

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 08, 2019 06:34 PM
NCAA 95: Nzeusseu, JVM save day as LPU shoos away Perpetual
Mike Nzeusseu's inside basket proved to be the difference between LPU and home team Perpetual

Jayson David's assist, Mike Nzeusseu's basket, and Jayvee Marcelino's block all worked wonders as Lyceum of the Philippines University fought off motivated home team University of Perpetual Help, 87-85, in a thrilling tiff, Thursday at the latter's school gym in Las Pinas.

The Pirates needed each and every one of those three plays to put a stop to the Altas furious fightback while also powering through to their fourth win in a row and fifth overall in six games in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. "Jayson could have easily taken the shot and been the hero, but that's what's special about this team - everybody's just trying to make everybody look good," a beaming head coach Topex Robinson said post-game.

The visitors actually looked like they were on their way to convincing victory, up by 13 at the end of three.

Boosted by its home crowd, however, Perps got going in the final frame as Jeff Egan energized it into tying the tally at 85-all with two minutes remaining. "We have to give credit to Perps for showing school pride with the way they played. At the end of the day, it was a really nice game," coach Topex said.

The two teams then traded defensive stops until, with under 10 ticks to go, Jaycee Marcelino tossed the ball to David in the baseline who then found Nzeusseu down low.

The Cameroonian powerhouse then willed what proved to be the game-winner through Ben Adamos.

Perpetual still had 0.9 seconds left to make something happen, but Edgar Charcos' jumper was rejected by JVM.

In the end, Nzeusseu topped the scoring column for LPU with 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds while JVM also added nine markers, four assists, three boards, and the biggest block of the game.

Flanking them were Reymar Caduyac and JCM as the former finished with 14 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals while the latter ended with 13 markers, seven boards, and four dimes.

For the Altas, Charcos showed the way with 16 points and six assists while Adamos also added 15 markers and six boards. Jielo Razon and Egan chipped in 13 points apiece which were still far from enough from preventing their fourth loss in the last five games after back-to-back wins to start the season.

BOX SCORES

LPU 87 - Nzeusseu 18, Caduyac 14, Marcelino JC 14, Marcelino JV 9, Tansingco 8, Valdez 8, David 7, Santos 5, Navarro 3, Guinto 2, Ibanez 0, Yong 0, Pretta 0, Remulla 0

PERPETUAL 85 - Charcos 16, Adamos 155, Razon 13, Egan 13, Aurin 7, Peralta 6, Barasi 4, Tamayo 3, Martel 2, Cuevas 2, Lanoy 2, Sevilla 2, Giussani 0

QUARTER SCORES: 25-16, 43-37, 74-61, 87-85

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