PBA: Ayaay gets win over former Lyceum teammate Perez

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 06, 2019 07:37 PM
PBA: Ayaay gets win over former Lyceum teammate Perez
LPU "brothers" CJ Perez and MJ Ayaay are now reppin' different colors in the PBA

In the last three years, CJ Perez and MJ Ayaay have been joined at the hip as they fronted Lyceum of the Philippines University’s surge in the NCAA.

On Wednesday at the MOA Arena, they were still joined at the hip – only this time, it was literally, as the two spent quite some time matched up with one another in the game between Columbian and Alaska.

Perez was nothing but happy that he and his good friend have realized their dream of reaching the professional ranks, even though they now find themselves on opposite sides. “So happy for him, so happy for us. As a brother, siyempre, makikita mo yung kapatid mo na naglalaro, sobrang saya,” he said.

He then continued, “Siyempre, alam ko si Ayaay, sobrang hardworking kaya kung gusto niyang makamit yung pangarap niya, paghihirapan niya. Sobrang happy ako na narating niya yun.”

And despite their friendship, the now-Dyip star said their competitive nature took over once they were on the floor.

Ayaay was of the same mind – even going as far as saying that he had guaranteed that he will get one over his good friend. “Nag-usap na kami two days before the game. Sabi ko, ‘Yari ka sakin, parang practice lang,’” he shared.

Of course, there were more than a few times that the two went at it during Pirates’ practices.

Couple that with the fact that they still spend much time together off the court and it’s safe to say that Perez and Ayaay know one another very well.

In the end of their first faceoff in the pros, Perez had 15 points and five rebounds while Ayaay had eight markers and four boards – meaning, the former outdueled the latter.

The win, however, belonged to Ayaay and the Aces.

And even though his brother got the better of him, at the very least, individually, the former LPU team captain said he’s only glad to bring home the mark on the win column. “’Di ko naman iniisip (yung bantayan namin). Gusto ko lang manalo and matulungan yung Alaska,” he said.

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