Benilde, Lyceum and Mapua take home wins in NCAA triple-header

CSB Blazers 65 – UPHSD Altas 69, UPHSD forfeits their win

The Perpetual Altas had to forfeit their win over the CSB Blazers because they brought the wrong uniform to their game. Initially, it seemed as if the game would automatically be forfeited in favor of CSB. But the game pushed through and only technical free throws were awarded to the Blazers to start the game.

The Blazers, who were in the bottom of the league last season played a competitive game against the Altas. They started off the game slow, falling by 10 points at the end of the first period. But they were able to catch up in the middle quarters, even taking a two-point lead at the end of the third quarter. But their offense ran out in the end, as they were limited to just 10 points in the final period.

Kendrix Belgica led the team with 16 points while Matt Johnson added 10 points. For Perpetual, Gab Daganon led the way with 14 points while Prince Eze added 11 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.

Perpetual walked away with the close win but the game was put under protest by CSB. After a review by the NCAA Mancom, the win was overturned and CSB was awarded the win because of the whole uniform issue of Perpetual.

LPU Pirates 96 – JRU Heavy Bombers 75

The Lyceum Pirates sent a statement to the entire league with their opening win. They are for real.

After a a lot of success in the preseason, the Pirates looked like a dark horse contender for this year’s NCAA tournament. They played an aggressive brand of basketball that forced turnovers and attacked the defense consistently. They translated that style into their first game in the NCAA. Lyceum outclassed JRU in almost all aspects of the game. The Pirates forced 24 turnovers and grabbed 21 offensive rebounds. They moved the ball crisply and found their players in scoring opportunities with 23 assists.

CJ Perez returned to the NCAA after a brief residency period and showed why he’s an MVP candidate this year. He scored 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. Big man Mike Nzeusseu scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. Forward Jesper Ayaay had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Jed Mendoza led the way for the Heavy Bombers with 18 points. Ervin Gorospe added 15 points and Teytey Teodoro scored 13.

MU Cardinals 78 – CSJL Knights 75

The Mapua Univesity Cardinals and the Letran Knights closed out the triple-header with a bang. The two teams featured in a back-and-forth affair that had knock out punches in the end.

Andrew Estrella and Rey Nambatac went on a scoring duel in the end game with Estrella coming out on top. Nambatac’s Knights held a five-point lead heading into the final period. But Estrella scored 12 of his 18 point in the final frame to bring home the win for his team. With a little over a minute left in the game, Estrella hit a tough side-stepping layup to give his team a two-point lead. Nambatac answered right back with a coast-to-coast layup to tie the game at 75. That set the stage for the final shot. Estrella got the ball with time winding down, put a move on his man and then stepped back behind the three-point line to bury the game-winning trey.

Estrella led his team in scoring and was backed up by Leo Gabo and JB Raflores with 12 points apiece. Jerrick Balanza led the way for Letran with 15 points while Nambatac contributed 13 and Bong Quinto added 12.

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