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September 27, 2018
CJ Perez
Perez: One assist short of a triple double.

LYCEUM of the Philippines University and San Beda moved on the cusp of clinching the first two Final Four berths after beating teams they supposed to beat in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Pirates dropped the hammer on a hapless Arellano University side, 113-79, while the Red Lions downed San Sebastian, 82-75.

Rebounding from a shock 81-83 loss to University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, LPU improved to 13-1, the same record San Beda also holds on top of the standings.

The Chiefs were unfortunate that the Pirates vented their ire on them.

“Again, it’s a big opportunity for us to really get better and try be better version of ourselves. We have to keep on pursuing what we’re pursuing,” said LPU coach Topex Robinson.

The Pirates set a lot of season-highs in this lopsided contest, scoring the most points with 113, knocking down the most three-pointers with 14, dishing out 27 assists, tallying 34 fastbreak points, and getting 81 points from their reserves.

“Very happy na natuto kami last game kasi ‘yun nga,” said reigning MVP CJ Perez.

Jaycee Marcelino played inspired basketball, finishing with 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, and four steals for LPU.

The Pirates also had six players score in double-digits with MJ Ayaay and Spencer Pretta scoring 16 and 15 points each, Reymar Caduyac contributing 13 markers and Jeff Santos chipping in 11 points.

The Lions turned to Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon to stretch their winning run to seven games and halt the Stags’ modest three-game winning run.

“Those two guys really did a good job of being leaders of this team,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.

Mocon had 20 points and 11 rebounds while Bolick finished with 18 markers for the Lions.         The scores:

First Game

LPU (113) — JC. Marcelino 21, Ayaay 16, Pretta 15, Caduyac 13, Santos 11, Perez 10, Nzeusseu 7, Lumbao 6, Yong 5, Valdez 3, Tansingco 2, Cinco 2, Serrano 2, Ibañez 0.

AU (79) — Concepcion 16, Cañete 13, Alban 12, Dela Cruz 8, Sera Josef 8, Alcoriza 6, Viloria 4, Segura 3, Codiñera 3, Ongolo Ongolo 2, Sacramento 2, Bayle 2.

Quarterscores: 25-15, 54-38, 76-55, 113-79

Second Game

SBU (82) — Mocon 20, Bolick 18, Tankoua 16, Canlas 10, Soberano 9, Nelle 4, Abuda 2, Cabanag 2, Eugene 1, Presbitero 0, Doliguez 0, Oftana 0, Cuntapay 0, Tongco 0.

SSC-R (75) — Bulanadi 23, Ilagan 20, Capobres 12, Calisaan 7, Calma 7, Dela Cruz 3, Sumoda 3, Villapando 0, Isidro 0, Are 0, Valdez 0.

Quarterscores: 25-21, 47-37, 63-60, 82-75.