Back from US training, CJ Perez eager to deliver as Lyceum eyes return to NCAA finals
Despite coming off two straight weeks of basketball, CJ Perez is more than eager to join the Pirates as the 94th season of the NCAA approaches. Jerome Ascano  

CJ Perez is thankful for the opportunity to head abroad and further polish his skills, describing his two-week stint in the States as the ‘best experience’ he’s ever had.

Perez and teammate MJ Ayaay spent two weeks in Oregon for the Superhandles Camp handled by renowned skills coach Jon Hildebrandt.

The pair became the first Lyceum players to train abroad, as the Pirates jumped on the opportunity of further honing their seniors’ skill for the coming NCAA Season.

“Yung pagpunta namin doon, ‘best experience’ para sa amin, kasi as a player, minsan ka lang makatanggap ng ganong opportunity,” said Perez.

“More on dribbling and shooting dun eh, actually kung tutuusin yung two weeks na yon bitin din siya, pero madami kaming natutunan kung paano gamitin yung dribble, kalian dapat gamitin,” he added.

Perez was quick to showcase the things that he learned in the states as he led his team to a victory over Uniiversity of Santo Tomas in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup on Tuesday in San Juan.

The reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player finished with another all-around performance with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Lyceum assistant coach Jeff Perlas is pleased the clinic focused on ball handling, which he believes Perez needs to work on.

“Every time CJ attacks, tatlo, apat ang nagc-clog sakanya, that’s why, his teammates should be ready for that kick-out,” said Perlas.

“He still has to work on his turnovers, may mga lapses pa rin siya when it comes to passing. Pero the energy, the leadership, that’s his game, eh” he added.

Despite coming off two straight weeks of basketball, Perez is more than eager to join the Pirates as the 94th season of the NCAA approaches.

After a runner-up finish last season, Perez is leaving no stone unturned.

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“Kailangan seryosohin parin yung game, since kailangan pa rin namin yon for the season.”

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