Nzeusseu sparks rally as Lyceum keeps record perfect, SSC nips EAC

Lyceum showed strength of character as it hacked out a come-from-behind 75-68 victory over Letran in their NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball collision on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Cameroonian Mike Nzeusseu provided the hustle and energy for a Pirates side that fell by as many as 17 points, roaring back in the final period behind a crippling run to seal their eighth straight win in as many starts.

The 6-6 Nzeusseu registered 13 points and 15 rebounds for another double-double and three blocks, the bulk of which came in the final canto against a depleted Letran frontcourt.

The Knights, who were already missing 6-6 Jeo Ambohot after suffering a season-ending right wrist injury, compounded their inside woes when back-up big men Daryl Pascual and Alex Mandreza fouled out one after the other in the fourth period.

“I kept challenging him (Nzeusseu) to play more aggressive because Letran is getting tired,” said LPU assistant coach Jeff Perlas, who called the shots as head coach Topex Robinson served his one-game suspension since being ejected in the team’s 97-93 win over Emilio Aguinaldo on Aug. 10.

“First of all, we wrote the word composure on the board and I kept reminding it of it and I’m happy the team showed it in the end,” said Perlas.

Earlier, San Sebastian survived the ejection of Michael Calisaan as it downed Emilio Aguinaldo College, 75-73, to improve to a 4-4 (win-loss) slate.

Calisaan scored a team-high 19 points but was ejected afterincurring his second flagrant foul over EAC’s Sydney Onwubere with still a minute left in the third quarter.

Ryan Costelo stepped up in Calisaan’s absence after banging in 10 of his 11 points in the final period.

Onwubere had 22 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and five blocks but his all-around effort went down the drain as the Generals fell to their third straight defeat and fifth overall against three wins.

In the third seniors game, Jose Rizal overpowered St. Benilde, 81-53, to seize solo fourth spot with its 4-3 card. The Blazers slipped to 2-6.

Meanwhile, in juniors’ action, the Staglets defeated the Briagdiers, 97-77, and Squires trounced the Junior Pirates, 93-87, to enhance their Final Four bid.

The scores:

First Game

San Sebastian 75 – Calisaan 19, Ilagan 12, Costelo 11, Calma 10, Gayosa 5, Navarro 5, Are 4, David 2, Baetiong 2, Mercado 2, Valdez 2, Bulanadi 1, Quipse 0, Capobres 0

EAC 73 – Onwubere 22, Munsayac 16, Guzman 10, Garcia 7, Mendoza I 6, Diego 4, Bugarin 4, Bautista 3, Pascua 1, Mendoza J 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0

Quarterscores: 17-16, 40-37, 50-53, 75-73

Second Game

LPU 75 – Perez 14, Nzeusseu 13, Marcelino JC 13, Caduyac 12, Ayaay 7, Baltazar 5, Marcelino JV 4, Ibanez 4, Tansingco 2, Pretta 1, Marata 0

Letran 68 – Nambatac 16, Calvo 11, Quinto 10, Balanza 8, Balagasay 6, Mandreza 6, Taladua 5, Caralipio 4, Pascual 2, Gedaria 0, Vacaro 0, Bernabe 0

Quarterscores: 18-26, 35-44, 53-59, 75-68

Third game

JRU 81 – Grospe 14, Teodoro 13, Mendoza 12, Sawat 10, Dela Virgen 8, Poutouochi 7, Bordon 6, Abdul Razak 6, Lasquety 3, David 2, Mate 0, Sibangan 0, Castor 0

CSB 53 – Young 14, Dixon 13, Sta. Maria 8, Naboa 6, Leutcheu 4, Johnson 4, San Juan 2, Castor 1, Pili 1, Velasco 0, Bunyi 0, Suarez 0

Quarterscores: 17-12, 38-19, 70-44, 81-53

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