SAN JUAN City – After a noteworthy preseason campaign, Lyceum of the Philippines University survived a quick acid test in its 93rd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) debut against fellow favorite Jose Rizal University, 96-75, at the FilOil Flying V Centre Tuesday (July 11). CJ Perez returned to the league with aplomb by towing the Pirates to the surprisingly easy win.
Perez was active on both ends with a total of 22 points and 10 rebounds, including an 11-point effort in the fourth period to virtually seal the result. Mike Harry Nzeusseu was responsible for their quick start in the first period and finished with 13 points and five rebounds.
Jed Mendoza led the Heavy Bombers with 18 points and six assists. Ervin Grospe was next with 15 points.
Earlier, University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta won the battle on the court against College of Saint Benilde but later lost the war in the boardroom after the NCAA Management Committee forfeited their 69-65 triumph. The Altas showed up in their dark-colored jerseys despite being assigned to wear the light jerseys for the game, a clear violation of league rules.
How They Scored:
LYCEUM (96) – Perez 22, Nzeusseu 13, Ayaay 11, Ibanez 9, JV Marcelino 9, Tansingco 8, Baltazar 7, Caduyac 5, JC Marcelino 4, Pretta 3, Santos 3, Cinco 0, Liwag 0.
JOSE RIZAL (75) – Mendoza 18, Grospe 15, Poutouochi 13, Teodoro 13, de la Virgen 4, Castor 3, Abdulwahab 3, Mate 2, Sawat 2, Bordon 2, Lasquety 0, David 0.
Period Scores: 27-18, 43-37, 68-54, 96-75.