SAN JUAN City – Lyceum of the Philippines University banked on superlative second half efforts from CJ Perez and Wilson Baltazar to subdue Jose Rizal University, 95-87, in the main game of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre Monday (May 22). Defense and teamwork also played a big role for the Pirates as they returned to the winning track after a tough overtime loss to defending champion De La Salle University the other day.
Baltazar and Ralph Tansingco hit consecutive triples to give Lyceum a 69-54 lead in the third period. Suddenly, the Heavy Bombers countered with and 18-5 run that spanned the fourth period to threaten, 72-74.
After a timeout, Tansingco hit a triple and Perez and Baltazar poured in more points to maintain Lyceum’s distance. From there, it was smooth sailing as the Pirates improved to 4-1 and seized the provisional lead in Group A while handing JRU its first loss after three wins.
“The important thing is we play together and learn together from our mistakes,” said winning coach Topex Robinson. He also motivated his players by always telling them his own story of how he parlayed the opportunity of a one-month contract into a long PBA career.
Perez exploded for 24 points and 12 rebounds. Baltazar gave good support with 19 points on five triples.
Ervin Grospe paced the Heavy Bombers with 21 points. Darius Estrella followed with 15 points.
How They Scored:
LYCEUM (95) – Perez 24, Baltazar 19, Nzeusseu 13, Ayaay 11, JC Marcelino 9, Tansingco 6, Pretta 5, Ibanez 4, Caduyac 2, JV Marcelino 2, Marata 0, Serrano 0, Pallares 0.
JOSE RIZAL (87) – Grospe 21, Estrella 15, Poutouochi 13, de la Virgen 10, Lasquety 8, Abdulwahab 7, Mendoza 7, Teodoro 5, Bordon 1, Mate 0, Sawat 0.
Period Scores: 23-19, 42-37, 72-65, 95-87.