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Lyceum completes dominant first round sweep


Leaving no stones unturned, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates thoroughly dismantled the Mapua University Cardinals, 97-74, to complete a first round sweep of the Seniors Basketball tournament of NCAA Season 93, Friday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Still, coach Topex Robinson and the Pirates are not resting on their laurels as the season is just in its halfway point.

“As much as okay sana pero we have nine more games to play. We still have to work on our turnovers since yun yung problema namin,” Robinson said.

“Yun nga sweep namin yung first round pero mahaba pa ang season. Hindi kami puwede mag-relax at magdadagdag pa kami ng effort sa practices,” added CJ Perez, who finished the game with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

And Lyceum flat out dominated in this game, limiting Mapua to just eight first quarter points. Adding to Mapua’s woes was that Kim Magboo was stretchered out of the game with 2.9 seconds left in the opening frame, leaving Mapua with just eight healthy bodies.

Still, the Pirates were unrelentless, leading by as much as 32 points, 78-46, after a Perez lay-up with 1:49 left in the third frame.

“We always honor the game. We didn’t think na kalaban namin yung Mapua kasi kalaban muna namin yung sarili namin,” added Robinson.

Wilson Baltazar finished with 12 points, while third-stringers Jeffrey Santos and Spencer Pretta chipped in with nine points each. Every Pirate fielded in was able to score in the game, much to the delight of the Lyceum faithful in attendance. Moreover, Lyceum’s bench scored 53 points.

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“The beauty with this team is that we are 13 to 14-man deep. It’s always going to be about collective improvement and success,” said Robinson. “Seeing the people that watch us, sana nabigyan namin sila ng entertainment.”

Christian Bunag led Mapua with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while JB Raflores added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Mapua play their final game of the round on Tuesday, August 29, against the JRU Heavy Bombers.

The Scores:

LPU 97 – Perez 18, Baltazar 12, Santos 9, Pretta 9, Tansingco 8, Jv. Marcelino 8, Nzeusseu 6, Jc. Marcelino 6, Ayaay 5, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 3, Caduyac 2, Sinco 2, Serrano 1.

MU 74 – Buñag 17, Raflores 16, Nieles 13, Gabo 10, Aguirre 8, Victoria 4, Orquina 4, Magboo 2, Jimenez 0.

Quarterscores: 22-8, 52-34, 80-51, 97-74.

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