LPU Pirates 94 – AU Chiefs 92
Kent Salado was on fire in the third quarter. He fired in 10 points in the period to help Arellano build a 13-point lead heading into the final period. The Chiefs held on to that lead for most of the fourth quarter and were well on their way to handing the LPU Pirates their first loss of the season. But MJ Ayaay happened.
The Lyceum gunner engineered a game-changing fourth quarter run to steal the game. The Pirates, down 13 points with a little over four minutes left in the game went on a 20-5 tear to take over the game. They used their signature defense to force turnovers and score easy baskets off those giveaways.
The Pirates were able to take an 88-87 lead but Rence Alcoriza scored four straight points to give the Chiefs the lead back. That’s when Ayaay scored five unanswered points including a put back of a blocked shot to give Lyceum a 93-91 lead. The Pirates would hold on in the final minute to keep their spotless record intact.
CSB Blazers 83 – UPHSD Altas 55
In their meeting in the first round, the CSB Blazers won their game over the UPHSD Altas via a forfeiture because the Altas wore the wrong uniform in the game. This time around, the Blazers made sure there was no doubt to the outcome of the game as they demolished the Altas by 28 points.
CSB played their best game this season and showcased the potential of their young team. They outclassed UPHSD in almost every statistical category. Their defense was rock solid. They limited the Altas to just 19 made field goals at a 35% clip. The Blazers also forced UPHSD to 29 turnovers. On the other end of the flooe, CSB hit 44% of their shots and assisted on 19 of the 30 made field goals. They scored 19 fast break points and 26 points off turnovers.
Four Blazers finished the game in double figures led by Edward Dixon with 21 points. Clement Leutcheu and Carlo Young had 14 points each while Jj Domingo added 11. No Alta finished in double-figures.
SBC Red Lions 76 – SSC-R Golden Stags 65
The San Beda Red Lions stayed within striking distance of the number one seed with their 10th straight win. San Beda dispatched the San Sebastian Golden Stags with another solid team performance.
The Red Lions were back in full forced with the return of their wing players Robert Bolick and Clint Doliguez. Also back at the helm was Coach Boyet Fernandez. All three were suspended in their last game against Mapua. This full line-up meant the Red Lions had all their weapons against the Stags. Javee Mocon and Davon Potts took advantage and led San Beda to a comfortable win.
Mocon was unstoppable inside as he scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Potts had his best game this season with 16 points as he hit all three shots from outside. Mocon played big in the fourth quarter. He scored seven points in the final period. The Stags were still within six points in the last two minutes but Mocon scored five points in a 6-0 run that helped San Beda pull away for good.