SAN JUAN City – CJ Perez admitted being very excited to play against his former school. The do-it-all forward translated this into a great effort that lifted his Lyceum of the Philippines University side over Ateneo de Manila University, 90-89, on opening day of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre Monday afternoon (May 1).
The Pirates were leading comfortably entering the final period, 69-61, until a barrage of triples put the Blue Eagles back into contention. Mike Nieto converted on a long triple to put Ateneo at their closest, 89-90, and a minute to play.
Lyceum could not convert and the ensuing loose ball scramble sent the ball out of bounds in favor of the Blue Eagles, prompting them to call a timeout with six seconds remaining. However, Nieto missed his triple with Jaycee Marcelino collaring the defensive rebound and sealing the win for the Pirates.
Perez was all set to don the Ateneo colors a year ago but eligibility problems prompted him to transfer to Lyceum. It reunited with him with Coach Topex Robinson, his coach at San Sebastian College until 2014.
“We were lucky down the stretch,” said Coach Robinson. “We learned a lot from this game and it will only sharpen us further.”
Marcelino led Lyceum 14 points and three assists. Perez was next with 13 points and six rebounds.
Nieto paced Ateneo with 17 points on three triples to go with eight rebounds. Thirdy Ravena followed with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Both teams top scorers played with their twin brothers, Jayvee Marcelino and Matt Nieto. The two sets of twins ended up with a similar total of 25 markers.
How They Scored:
LYCEUM (90) – JC Marcelino 14, Perez 13, Ayaay 13, Tansingco 12, JV Marcelino 11, Pretta 10, Caduyac 6, Baltazar 3, Ibanez 2, Marata 2, Santos 2, Nzeusseu 2, Cinco 0, Liwag 0, Serrano 0, Pallares 0.
ATENEO DE MANILA (89) – Mi. Nieto 17, Ravena 14, Asistio 13, Ikeh 13, Ma. Nieto 8, Mendoza 5, Verano 5, Tolentino 3, Tio 3, Wong 3, Mamuyac 3, Porter 2, Black 0, Go 0, Ildefonso 0, White 0.
Period Scores: 22-14, 42-39, 69-61, 90-89.