LYCEUM rolled to its second win in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League as it dispatched tough fighting Naga College Foundation, 94-82, on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Playing their sixth game in two weeks, the Pirates was still first class as they started out hot early behind CJ Perez who poured in 10 of his 17 points in the first quarter to set the tone for the blowout.
Showing grit, the Tigers started to make a bit of a rally in the third period, only to be shut down by an 8-0 run by the Pirates to end the third.
Mike Nzeusseu conspired beautifully with Perez for an alley-hoop dunk to start that rally before Ralph Tansingco converted back to back threes as the Pirates took a 75-58 lead heading to the payoff period.
"I just told them from here on it's gonna be a different ball game. Hopefully we can make it to the final four. But it's gonna be tough," said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson.
"It's all about being mentally tough. I appreciate the effort and the energy and I hope they can bring that again tomorrow," he added.
Tansingco also finished with 17 points, making 4 of 7 shots from the three-point line, while JC Marcelino added 10 points, four rebounds and two steals while working with his twin JV to lead the patented Lyceum trap.
As a team, the Pirates forced Naga to 26 turnovers which they converted to 18 points.
Former Adamson cager Alwin Margallo led the Tigers with 18 points, Emmanuel Ojoula added 17 points and 19 boards while Fredson Hermonio added 15 for the now 0-2 Naga.
Lyceum 94 - Perez 17, Tansingco 17, JC Marcelino 10, Nzeusseu 9, Baltazar 8, Ibanez 8, Ayaay 5, Santos 5,Jc Marcelino 4, Liwag 4, Cinco 3, Caduyac 2, Serrano 2.
NCF 82 - Margallo 18, Ojoula 17, Hermonio 15, Mangubat 11, Olayvar 7, Padua 6, Lapinid 4, Nebedum 2,Allarey 2, Magpantay 0, Betito 0.
Quarterscores: 24-14; 48-31; 75-58; 94-82.