Pirates massacre Chiefs; seal playoff for Final 4 spot
Lyceum of the Philippines University vented its ire against a halpless Arellano University, 113-79 to seal at least a playoff for a Final Four slot in the 94th NCAA basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
The Pirates sent six players scoring in double digits with Jaycee Marcelino leading the way with 21 points while reigning MVP Jaymar Perez flirted with a triple-double before he ended up with 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Pirates nailed their 13th win in 14 outings.
The win also enabled the Pirates to bounce back in the winning column after the Perpetual Help Altas ruined their bid to sweep the elimination round for the second straight season.
MJ Ayaay, Spencer Pretta, Raymar Caduyac and Jeff Santos joined the shooting parade by scattering 16, 15, 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Another victory by the Pirates will secure them a place in the semifinals.
It also somehow eased the pain of its 81-83 defeat to Prince Eze and the Perpetual Help Altas last week that dashed their hopes of sweeping the elimination round for the second straight season.
“After that game, we went to charity. Something that being with those kids and parents, they need our support, more than crying and losing to Perpetual,” said LPU coach Topex Robinson.
It worked for the Pirates as they broke a lot of statistical records like most points scored (113), most three-pointers made (14), most assists (27), most fast break points (34) and most bench points (81).
LPU’s bench points also outscored the whole Arellano squad.
The Chiefs fell to 4-9
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, Ibanez 0.
AU 79 — Concepcion 16, Canete 13, Alban 12, Dela Cruz 8, Sera Josef 8, Alcoriza 6, Viloria 4, Segura 3, Codinera 3, Ongolo Ongolo 2, Sacramento 2, Bayle 2.
Quarterscores: 25-15; 54-38; 76-55; 113-79.