Perpetual Help nips Lyceum for first win
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) — The University of Perpetual Help bucked a slow start and claimed its first win of the season over Lyceum of the Philippines University, 70-61, in Season 91 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament on Tuesday, June 30 at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Nigerian Prince Eze led the Altas with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. He also had 11 in the second as he spurned Perpetual's comeback from a 16-9 first quarter deficit to lead by 29-24 at halftime.
Reigning NCAA MVP Earl Thompson likewise overcame a cold first half and poured all of his 12 points in the last two quarters, with 8 coming in the payoff period. The Gilas cadet also had 10 boards, 3 assists and a steal.
Gabriel Dagangon also had 12 markers and 9 rebounds. Perpetual's other Nigerian import Bright Akhuetie contributed 9 points and 11 rebounds as the Altas won the battle of the boards by a whopping 59-39.
Shaq Alanes top-scored for Lyceum with 13 points, 10 of which he poured in the fourth to keep his team afloat, including 4-of-7 three-pointers.
Wilson Baltazar, Jean Nguidjol and Jebb Bulawan all had 11 points apiece.
Perpetual Help, which played toe-to-toe with Lyceum through the second half, pulled away from a 54-all deadlock on a 7-0 run in under two minutes to lead by 64-57 with 1:46 to play.
The Pirates cut the deficit to 64-61 with just over a minute remaining but were unable to execute nor make shots down the stretch, allowing the Altas to seal the win. — Rappler.com