PCCL 2017 Day Four Recap

There Can Only Be One     PASIG CITY – Lyceum of the Philippines University swept Group A of the 2017 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) by nipping Ateneo de Manila University, 69-65, at the close of the elimination round Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena.  LPU will now meet San Sebastian College while ADMU will face Group B top seed San Beda University in the crossover semifinals slated for Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Mike Harry Nzeusseu and CJ Perez conspired to deliver the crucial baskets in the fourth as they overturned their three-point deficit after three periods, 49-52.  Nzeusseu was an inside force with 19 points and 21 rebounds while Perez also had 19 points on top of five rebounds and four steals.

Adrian Wong came off the bench to be the lone Blue Eagle in twin digits with 10.  Aaron Black was next with six of his nine points coming in the opening period which saw Ateneo take a 20-16 lead.

Meanwhile, University of the Visayas ended the tournament on a winning note with a thrilling escape over a gritty Naga College Foundation, 85-82.  Rey Suerte exploded in the second half to key the Lancers’ rally from as much as 15 points down just before halftime, 28-43, but it was Michael Maestre who sank the shot that restored the lead to UV for good with 14 seconds left, 83-82.

Suerte led all scorers with 30 points with 12 and 13 coming in the final two periods.  Bassieru Sackor likewise woke up in the fourth period to put in seven of his 13 points plus 13 rebounds and two blocks.

Jaymar Allarey paced the Tigers with 10 of his 16 points in the fourth in a scoring duel with Suerte. Emmanuel Ojuola battled foul trouble but still finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Group B top seed San Beda ended its elimination round schedule with a merciless demolition of also ran De La Salle University, 79-35.  The Red Lions went for the quick ending as Clint Doliguez scored 10 of his 12 points in the first period while Calvin Oftana finished what Doliguez started by adding all his 12 points in the second half.

How They Scored:

First Game

VISAYAS (85) – Suerte 30, Sackor 13, Delator 8, Segumpan 8, Maestre 6, Gahi 5, Cabahug 5, Napao 5, Balabag 3, Soliva 2, Albina 0, Butohan 0, Saga 0, Hassan 0.

NAGA (82) – Allarey 16, Ojuola 13, Lapinid 10, Margallo 10, Hermonio 8, Nebedum 7, Lawas 6, Magpantay 6, Mangubat 3, Olayvar 3, Padua 0.

Period Scores: 17-26, 30-43, 59-59, 85-82.

Second Game

SAN BEDA (79) – Oftana 12, Doliguez 12, Tongco 9, Tankoua 8, Noah 8, Carino 6, Ejercito 5, Cabanag 4, Bahio 4, Penuela 4, Mocon 3, Abuda 2, Adamos 2, Bolick 0, Presbitero 0.

DE LA SALLE (35) – Alcala 12, Yang 8, Cu 7, Socka Bongue 5, Lapena 3, Dominguez 0, Yongco 0, Tan 0, Angeles 0, de Robles 0, Calleja 0.

Period Scores: 18-7, 42-18, 62-29, 79-35.

Third Game

LYCEUM (69) – Perez 19, Nzeusseu 19, JC Marcelino 15, Ayaay 4, Santos 3, JV Marcelino 3, Ibanez 2, Serrano 2, Tansingco 2, Cinco 0, Caduyac 0.

ATENEO DE MANILA (65) – Wong 10, Black 9, Ravena 7, Maagdenberg 6, Ma Nieto 5, Navarro 5, White 5, Mi Nieto 4, Mamuyac 3, Mendoza 3, Verano 3, Go 2, Mallillin 2, Andrade 1, Asistio 0, Tio 0.

Period Scores: 16-20, 34-36, 49-52, 69-65.

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About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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