Perpetual’s clutch defense holds down Letran, Lyceum and San Sebastian secure wins

LPU Pirates 106 – EAC Generals 97

The Lyceum Pirates continue their winning ways in the NCAA. They down the EAC Generals to nab their second straight win and zoom out to the top of the standings early in the season. JC Marcelino and CJ Perez were superb on both ends of the floor as the Pirates stood their ground preventing a comeback by the Generals. Marcelino led the way with 24 points and five steals while Perez added 20 and six steals.

Lyceum was on fire early in the game. They used their outside shooting and blitzing defense to pull ahead by double digits in the first period. Spencer Pretta and Marcelino each drilled a three-pointer to push the Pirates ahead by 17 points. Lyceum continued to pour it on in the second quarter. Perez picked off a pass in the back court and took it all the way to the hoop for an and-one bucket to give the Pirates their biggest lead of the game at 21. Perez scored 15 of his total in the first half.

EAC caught fire in the third quarter to get back in the game. After hitting only one three-pointer in the first 20 minutes, the General dropped six treys in the third quarter alone. Jerome Garcia and Jethro Mendoza led the charge as they cut the imposing 21-point lead to just three-points heading into the final period. But that was the closest they’d get. Perez, Marcelino and the rest of the Pirates took over in the final frame to rebuild a double-digit lead and seal the win.

SSC-R Golden Stags 85 – CSB Blazers 78

The San Sebastian Golden Stags relied on their big three to get their first win of the season over the CSB Blazers. Michael Calisaan led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds. RK Ilagan had 16 points and four treys while Allyn Bulanadi had 13 points.

The Blazers started the game on fire. The young team showed their improvement from last season by executing their offense patiently and forcing turnovers that turned into baskets. They ran out to an early nine-point lead when Unique Naboa found Kendrix Belgica underneath for a quick hit. The Stags scoring trio found their groove in the second quarter. Bulanadi was on fire as he dropped seven points in the second period alone, getting several highlights in the process. Ilagan and Calisaan joined him with timely baskets to tie the game at 44.

The game stayed close until midway through the fourth period when the score was tied at 70. That’s when the Stags pulled off their run. Ilagan scored on a breakaway layup and then found Calisaan for an easy basket underneath to put the Stags up by six. Calisaan drilled a dagger trey a few possessions after to seal the win.

UPHSD Altas 78 – CSJL Knights 75

Edgar Charcos led the way but it was the clutch defense by the entire Perpetual Altas team that got them the win over the Letran Knights. Charcos scored 22 points on 78% shooting to carry the offense of the Perps.

The game was tied at 73 with less than three minutes left in the game when Charcos drove past his defender and lofted a layup high off the glass to give Perpetual the lead, 75-73. Kim Aurin added a step-back jumper a possession later to give the Altas a more comfortable four-point lead. The Knights cut the lead down to two in the final minute giving them a chance to tie the game in their final possession.

They went to Bong Quinto in the dying seconds of the game for a basket. Quinto broke his man down and got to the lane for a reverse layup. But he was met at the top by Prince Eze for the clutch block. Quinto recovered the ball and passed it out to JP Calvo for a three-point attempt. Calvo bobbled the ball on the way up and the Altas recovered to secure the win.

Early in the game, Charcos outscored the entire Letran team 11-10 as the Altas zoomed out to an eight-point lead. But Charcos found himself in foul trouble in the second quarter when he collected his fourth foul heading into halftime. Without their best scorer on the floor, the Altas offense struggled allowing Letran to cut the deficit down. Calvo, Quinto and Jeo Ambohot all played crucial roles in keeping Letran close to set up the final sequence of the game.