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Pirates sink Heavy Bombers

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Lyceum of the Philippines University clobbered Jose Rizal University, 88-56, to seize a solo lead in the 94th National Collegiate Athletic Association yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Ahead by just five points, 21-16, after the first period, Cameroonian import Mike Nzeusseu and Jaycee Marcelino combined for 15 points in the Pirates’ decisive 24-7 run in the second quarter to take a comfortable 45-23 lead at the half.

The Pirates followed it up with another third quarter blast, this time a 26-16 bomb, behind Kim Cinco’s 11 points for a commanding 71-39 gap to rip the game wide open.

This big third quarter run was contrary to the Pirates’ previous outing against Emilio Aguinaldo College last Friday when it nearly squandered a 31-point lead, no thanks to their eight-point output compared to the Generals’ 36 points.

Head coach Topex Robinson said they want to make sure that they can get the job done.

“We want to make sure the game will be out of reach,” he said after notching their third victory.

“We don’t want to commit the same mistakes in our game against EAC where we blew a big lead.”

Cameroonian import Nzeusseu paced the Pirates with 21 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks while Marcelino added 12 points and three rebounds in just 19 minutes of action.

Cinco, who scored a total of 10 points in the entire Season 93, delivered firepower off the bench with 11 points.

Last year’s Most Improved Player Jed Mendoza and Mark Mallari had 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the rebuilding Heavy Bombers, who slid to 0-2.

In the first game, College of St. Benilde finally barged into win column with a 90-79 win over Mapua University.

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