LYCEUM is inching closer towards rewriting history in the 93rd NCAA basketball tournament and so is prolific guard CJ Perez.
The 6-foot-1 Perez continues to come up with strong all around numbers, putting him on track for the highest individual award and becoming the first homegrown cager to do so in the last three years.
Up against Final Four-bound Jose Rizal University last Friday, Perez proved a handful over his Heavy Bombers counterparts as he tallied a game-high of 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists and as many steals while leading the Pirates to a dominant 100-63 victory.
It was the 17th straight win overall for rampaging Lyceum, which looks to complete a sweep of the double-round eliminations when it takes on ]defending champion San Beda on Thursday.
“We just want to honor the game like what coach Topex Robinson is telling us since Day One. We look forward to our rematch with the Red Lions and we’re gonna give our best,” he said.
Without a doubt, Perez’s sustained brilliance continues to grab the attention not only of his rivals but also of covering scribes who picked him the Chooks-to-Go/NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week.
Perez was picked over pro-bound Lervin Flores of resurgent Arellano University for the weekly citation given by scribes from the country’s national broadsheets, tabloids and online portals.
Perez appears to be well on his way to the MVP title which was previously hoisted by Mapua’s Nigerian big man Allwell Oraeme in the last two years. Former Perpetual Help star Earl Scottie Thompson was the last local player to bag the coveted award in 2014.