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Jaycee Marcelino steadies Pirates' ship as LPU downs Letran four fourth straight win

by Niel Victor Masoy, September 27, 2019 6:55pm

Jaycee Marcelino came through anew down the stretch as Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) stopped Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL), 97-90, for its fourth straight win on Friday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s basketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Marcelino poured in 11 of his career-high 25 points in the last 6:15 of the contest as the Pirates held off the Knights, who were down by as much as 15 points in the first half but got within a point, 78-77, with 5:48 remaining in the game. 

However, that only set up the stage for Marcelino to score big baskets that kept Lyceum afloat when Letran kept on coming back. Marcelino’s basket at the 4:25 mark of the fourth quarter gave the Pirates a six-point, 85-79 buffer.

Marcelino then got some help from Reymar Caduyac, who also tallied a career-best 20 points, including a pair of free throws and a layup off a drive that made it a seven-point, 92-85 Lyceum lead with 1:45 left.

Marcelino stretched that cushion to nine points, 94-85, after drilling his two freebies off a foul as Caduyac sealed the win for the Pirates by making another pair of charities, 96-88, following a Jeo Ambohot triple.

“We are always about being an infinite player. It’s not about Letran, it’s about how we are going to be better version of ourselves,” said LPU head coach Topex Robinson as his Pirates stay at the second spot of the team standings with a 10-3 win-loss card.

“These men played their hearts out,” Robinson said of his players.

Marcelino added three rebounds and two assists to his name, while Caduyac also tallied five rebounds and two steals. Cameroonian center Mike Nzeusseu poured in 16 markers, nine rebounds, two assists, and an emphatic block on Jerrick Balaza that had the fans in attendance uttering ‘oohhhs’ and ‘ahhhhs’.

Kurt Reyson turned in 20 points, two caroms, and two steals, as Larry Muyang backstopped him with 16 points, four rebounds, and two dimes. Ato Ular cashed in 14 points and six rebounds in the loss that snapped the Knights’ two-game winning streak.

Letran fell to a 9-5 record but still sits at the third spot of the standings.

 

The scores:

LPU 97 - (Jaycee) Marcelino 25, Caduyac 20, Nzeusseu 16, Ibanez 13, David 11, Tansingco 4, Pretta 2, (Jayvee) Marcelino 2, Valdez 2, Guinto 2, Santos 0, Navaro 0.

Letran 90 - Reyson 20, Muyang 16, Ular 14, Caralipio 8, Batiller 7, Ambohot 7, Balanza 6, Olivario 4, Javillonar 4, Mina 3, Yu 1, Pambid 0.

Quarters: 23-20, 24-17, 31-22, 26-24.

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