Lyceum hands Benilde their first loss, San Beda and Mapua hammer their opponents

The Lyceum Pirates are the first team in Season 95 to hand the Benilde Blazers a loss. The Pirates survived a rally by the Blazers to win, 74-71. Lyceum rises up to second place with a 6-1 record while Benilde falls to third at 5-1.

JC Marcelino and Mike Nzeusseu led Lyceum with big games. Marcelino put up 23 points on 63% shooting to power the Pirates offense. Nzeusseu backed him up with a strong double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Clement Leutcheu had 15 points and nine rebounds for Benilde.

After a tight first quarter, Lyceum broke free in the second quarter behind the dominance of Nzeusseu. The big man bullied his way inside, scoring 11 points of his total in the quarter. From down two points, the Pirates jumped ahead to take a seven-point lead. Marcelino built on his big man’s efforts with his own-double-digit output in the third period. The spitfire guard scored 10 points in the third quarter to build the foundation of a 20-point lead.

The Blazers didn’t want to let the game end without putting up a fight. Leutcheu led the Benilde comeback in the fourth quarter, scoring nine points during that stretch. Benilde got to within four points in the final two minutes but they couldn’t get any closer. Lyceum’s defense held steady and the Pirates escaped with the win.

In the first game of the day, the San Beda Red Lions manhandled the Perpetual Altas to stay undefeated this season. San Beda beat Perpetual by 46 points, 102-56 to get their sixth win. The Altas drop to 2-5 for the season.

It was a dominant offensive show for the Red Lions as nine players scored at least six points with five players finishing in double figures. Donald Tankoua and AC Soberano formed a potent inside-out duo in the game. They both finished with 15 points in contrasting fashion. Tankuoa scored 75% from two-point range while Soberano had five triples. Evan Nelle, Clint Doliguez and James Kwekuteye all finished in double-digit scoring as well. Edgar Charcos led Perpetual with 13.

Tankuoa, Doliguez, Nelle and Kwekuteye set the tone in the game. The starters scored 25 points in the 30-point opening output by the Red Lions. San Beda took a 13-point lead after one and only built on their advantage from there. The Red Lions broke the game open in the third quarter when nearly everyone who played got on the board. San Beda outscored Perpetual 31-12, putting their stamp on the game.

In the second game of the day, the Mapua Cardinals extended their win streak to three after taking down the JRU Heavy Bombers, 83-63. Mapua rises to sixth place with a 3-5 record, right above JRU who has a similar slate.

Mapua used a dominant second half run to turn a two-point lead into a 20-point win. Paolo Hernandez scored 14 of his 20 points, evenly in the final two quarters. Laurenz Victoria did him one better. The Cardinals guard scored 15 points with 12 coming in the final period to secure the win. Victoria finished with 24 points in the win. Agem Miranda led JRU with 19.

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