LYCEUM hardly broke a sweat in getting its 11th straight win in NCAA Season 93 after dispatching the hapless College of St. Benilde, 83-69, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.
The Blazers played better after getting blown out by the same team in the first round, 98-55, but it was still a dominant showing for the Pirates which was in the driver's seat from start to finish.
The Pirates jumped to an early advantage and never looked back with MJ Ayaay and Spencer Pretta spearheading an early barrage for the league leaders, posting a 23-10 advantage.
That lead ballooned to a 21 point lead near the end of the second quarter, before cruising to a comfortable win with CJ Perez and Mike Nzesseu finishing the game off in the second half.
Still, the Pirates lost the battle for the rebounds, 42-37, and turned the ball over 23 times, issues the Lyceum coaching staff hope to address.
“Actually we're far from being satisfied kasi ang dami naming turnovers. We have to take care of the ball. Yung effort naman ng team is always there,” said Lyceum assistant coach Jeff Perlas.
“Nakaka-catch up na yung teams. We have to find a way na maka-adjust sa defense namin,” he added.
Perez led a balanced attack for Lyceum, finishing with 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Ayaay added 12 points, with 10 coming in the first half. Nzeusseu chipped in 10 markers, 11 rebounds and two blocks as Pretta and Reymar Caduyac scored nine apiece.
Lyceum also forced CSB to error after error, with the Blazers turning the ball over 34 times which resulted into 39 turnover points.
Edward Dixon had a career game, finishing with 27 points while Clement Leutcheu had 20 boards and 13 points in a wasted effort, as the Blazers dropped their fifth straight game to fall to 2-9.
LPU 83 – Perez 14, Ayaay 12, Nzeusseu 10, Caduyac 9, Pretta 9, Marcelino JC 7, Baltazar 7, Marcelino JV 6, Tansingco 5, Ibanez 2, Marata 2, Cinco 0, Liwag 0, Serrano 0
CSB 69 – Dixon 27, Leutcheu 13, Belgica 10, Domingo 6, Johnson 5, Sta. Maria 4, Castor 2, Naboa 2, Pili 0, San Juan 0
QUARTERSCORES: 23-10, 46-30, 66-53, 83-69