Perez, Pirates survive tough game vs Cardinals
Lyceum of the Philippines University outdueled Mapua in a bruising showdown and scored a 92-76 win to move closer to snaring a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four of the 94th NCAA basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
The Pirates and Cardinals fouled each other a whopping 61 times including six technical fouls that resulted to a total of 54 foul shot attempts with each team making 19.
It escalated when LPU’s MJ Ayaay and Mapua’s Jasper Selanga got entangled late in the third quarter that almost triggered a fight before game officials controlled the situation.
In end, LPU’s firepower and depth proved enough to clinch it its 14th win in 15 games and at least a playoff for a place in the top two and the twice-to-beat incentive that goes with it.
LPU will then battle Letran on Friday, St. Benilde on Oct. 11 and defending champion San Beda on Oct. 18—all title or Final Four contenders—hoping to get that one win that will ensure it a place in the top two after the elimination round.
“It’s a good game for us to prepare for our last three tough games,” said LPU coach Topex Robinson.
Mapua slipped to 4-11 (win-loss).
LPU 92 — Perez 20, Jc. Marcelino 14, Nzeusseu 12, Caduyac 8, Ayaay 7, Pretta 6, Ibanez 4, Santos 4, Tansingco 4, Yong 4, Lumbao 3, Cinco 2, Serrano 2, Valdez 2.
MU 76 — Bonifacio 17, Serrano 15, Bunag 13, Pelayo 13, Aguirre 10, Jabel 3, Salenga 3, Victoria 2, Gamboa 0, Lugo 0, Nieles 0.
Quarterscores: 21-17; 53-32; 73-60; 92-76.