LYCEUM showed no signs of letting up in a dominant 100-63 beatdown on Jose Rizal University in the NCAA Season 93 on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Center.
Fears of complacency can now be put to rest as the Pirates took their 17th win in grand fashion with the prolific CJ Perez once again leading the attack for his squad.
Not only did they show that they’re as fluid as ever, the Pirates also put a little flare in their attack, scoring highlight-worthy dunks to open the fourth quarter, which concluded with an alley-oop on Perez on the 8:55 mark and give the Pirates a 76-55 lead.
Proving that this team is more than just their stars, the Pirates continued to pad the lead up until the final buzzer, with third stringers showing the same intensity as that of their starters, forcing turnover after turnover on the Heavy Bombers to come up with their second largest winning margin in the tournament.
“We came to play. We came to honor the game and we will play how we always play. We are going to play the way we play even if it’s JRU or San Beda. You always want to be at your best,” said Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson.
“We discussed kasi before the game that we need to do our best. Whether we are up by 20 or down by 20, we will always play the same,” he added.
Perez basically did it all for the Pirates as he finished with 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in just 25 minutes of action.
Save for Perez, no other Pirate notched double-digits but Robinson saw six more players finish with at least eight points apiece.
Spencer Pretta and Ralph Tansingco came off the bench as they finished with nine apiece while Raymar Caduyac, JC Marcelino, Jeffrey Santos and Edcor Marata each added eight markers.
Aside from the scoring outburst, what’s even more impressive is how the Pirates choked the life out of the Heavy Bombers on defense, forcing 29 turnovers which they converted to 16 points and limiting them to 33.3 percent shooting from the field.
Seldom used guard Lloyd Castor led the Heavy Bombers with 12 points as they ended the elimination round at third place with an 11-7 slate.
LPU 100 – Perez 24, Pretta 9, Tansingco 9, Caduyac 8, Marcelino JC 8, Santos 8, Marata 8, Marcelino JV 6, Serrano 6, Ayaay 4, Nzeusseu 4, Ibanez 4, Liwa 2, Baltazar 0, Cinco 0
JRU 63 – Castor 12, Teodoro 11, Dela Virgen 10, Poutouochi 8, Mendoza 8, Sibangan 4, Mariano 4, Grospe 4, Abdul Razak 2, Mate 0, Sawat 0, Pontejos 0, Bordon 0, Lasquety 0, David 0
QUARTERSCORES: 24-18, 42-34, 68-53, 100-63