Last year's finalists San Beda Red Lions and Lyceum Pirates both scored comeback wins on Tuesday's NCAA Season 94 games at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The two title contenders had slow starts against their opponents but still managed to close out strong to emerge victorious.
And interestingly, two of today's top collegiate stars, CJ Perez of Lyceum and Robert Bolick of San Beda, had career games to lead their respective teams.
Here are the complete results on Tuesday:
Lyceum def. Arellano, 82-65
A huge second half and a career game from the reigning MVP catapulted the Lyceum Pirates past the Arellano Chiefs, 82-65, to earn their fourth straight win of the tournament.
The Pirates were down by as many as 16 points, 33-17 in the first quarter, as the Chiefs were determined to pull off the upset.
"Arellano is really a dangerous team. I mentioned it to them earlier, during the pre-game huddle," said head coach Topex Robinson. "We just have to make sure that we take control of the things on our end, which is the way we're going to react or respond to the challenge."
Pushed into a corner, Lyceum's defense went up a notch as Arellano was only able to score 32 combined points for the last three quarters after erupting for 33 in the first. It also helped that Perez woke up in the second half, and ended up with a career-high 31 points.
"CJ is really special. Actually when I took him out in the third quarter, he was surprised," shared Robinson. "I just took him out for a short talk and I just told him that he's going to make mistakes. So he took out the pressure in him because earlier he was kind of playing tentative. I just told him, I'm going to win and lose games with you. I don't even care what's going to happen. As long as you gave your best."
Lyceum continues their impressive start with a 4-0 record.
San Sebastian def. JRU, 86-76
The San Sebastian Stags bounced back from their disappointing loss last Friday and outlasted the JRU Heavy Bombers, 86-76.
The Stags improve to 2-2 while the Heavy Bombers are still in search of their first win in three tries.
"There are a lot of new players for JRU, and we lost a lot of players as well. At least both teams played well," commended coach Egay Macaraya, who mentioned that their rebounding and shooting was better against JRU than their previous outing.
Alvin Capobres, who played as power forward instead of his usual position, led the Stags with 16 points and six rebounds. Michael Calisaan added a double-double of 10 points and 13 boards. "I just adjusted because coach made me a four. We're lacking big men," Capobres said. "I'm a three-man, but I became comfortable because I was able to see an advantage."
MJ Dela Virgen had 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists for the 0-3 Heavy Bombers.
San Beda def. St. Benilde 75-69
Defending champions San Beda Red Lions were finally back in action after a 17-day break. They opened this season's title defense with a win over the Perpetual Help Altas last July 7, but were inactive the past two weeks due to postponement in their games.
The Red Lions finally played their second game and earned their second win with a 75-69 decision over the CSB Blazers. The defending champion showed a bit of rust as they were faced with an early 12-point deficit in the first canto.
The Red Lions, no strangers to challenges, eventually found their groove late in the ball game. They roared back in the fourth quarter with a vicious 17-0 run to take control. Bolick ended up with 25 points, the most in his career. In San Beda's game-changing run, Bolick was responsible for 10 points, inclusive of two booming 3-pointers.
"Robert Bolick is Robert Bolick," coach Boyet Fernandez said proudly. "Robert saved us tonight and at least all the other guys stepped up their games."
San Beda goes to 2-0 while St. Benilde settles for a 1-2 card.
LYCEUM 82 - Perez 31, Nzeusseu 15, Ayaay 13, Marcelino JV 10, Serrano 4, Pretta 3, Caduyac 2, Cinco 2, Marcelino JC 2, Ibañez 0, Santos 0, Tansingco 0.
ARELLANO 65 - Cañete 12, Alban 11, Alcoriza 10, Villoria 9, Meca 6, Dela Cruz 4, Concepcion 4, Sera Josef 3, Codiñera 2, Ongolo Ongolo 2, Santos 2, Abdurasag 0, Dela Torre 0, Sacramento 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 19-33; 37-41; 58-54; 82-65
SAN SEBASTIAN 86 - Capobres 16, Bulanadi 14, Ilagan 13, Calisaan 10, Valdez 9, Are 7, Calma 6, Dela Cruz 4, Villapando 4, Sumoda 2, Desoyo 1, Arciaga 0
JRU 76 - Dela Virgen 14, Padua 13, Mendoza 8, Miranda 8, Ramos 8, Esguerra 7, Mallari 7, David 4, Santos 3, Bordon 2, Silvarez 2, Estrella 0, Aguilar 0, Dela Rosa 0
QUARTER SCORES: 27-15, 51-34, 65-56, 86-76
SAN BEDA 75 - Bolick 25, Mocon 14, Abuda 12, Tankoua 6, Soberano 5, Eugene 4, Nelle 3, Oftana 2, Canlas 2, Tongco 2, Cuntapay 0, Doliguez 0
CSB 69 - Leutcheu 22, Young 15, Haruna 10, Naboa 7, Dixon 6, Gutang 4, Carlos 3, Pasturan 2, Velasco 0, Domingo 0
QUARTER SCORES: 15-24, 33-38, 52-52, 75-69