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Player of the Game : Going to have to go with two players here, because both had very interesting flaws in the face of great stats. Jam Cortes of Letran finished with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists, while shooting 6 of 9 from the field, leading his squad. He had however, 7 turnovers. On the flip side, Andrian Celada stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks, but was 7 of 18 from the field, including 2 of 9 from beyond the arc.
CSJL Stat to Watch : While basketball purists advocate ball movement to beat the zone, working the rock into a big man in the gaps of the defense, many will opt to go for the brute approach and smoke the other side with triples. The Knights opted for the latter approach, hitting 7 of 15 triples, with the tiny Mark Cruz leading the way with 3 of 6 from downtown
CSJL Player to Watch: VJ Espiritu quieted down from his fireworks in their last game versus the Altas, but finished with 8 points, including 2 triples on 4 attempts in 20 minutes. He also chipped in 2 rebounds and 2 swipes.
AU Stat to Watch : Despite the blowout nature of the game, Arellano coach Leo Isaac still had his starters log heavy minutes, with Celada totaling 38, and point guard Rocky Acidre sitting for just four minutes. Vergel Zulueta and Gerald Lapuz finished with 33 and 31 respectively, though last game's iron man, Prince Caperal, got just 13 minutes of burn.
AU Player to Watch : In the face of a blowout loss, Rocky Acidre finished with some solid stats: 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and just 3 turnovers while handling the Letran press.
- After being down five, 23-18, at the start of the second quarter, the Knights unleashed a 24-8 attack, sending them into halftime up 42-31. They never relinquished the lead after that.
- The Chiefs got 14 fast break points in the first quarter, thus helping them establish a 24-20 edge in fast break points. They also scored 6 more turnover points, 23-17.
- Kevin Alas' turn from ballhog to floor general is one that's worth keeping an eye on as the season continues. In this game, he finished with 11 points on solid 4 of 10 shooting, but also added 9 rebounds and 6 dimes.
EAC 73 - LPU 67
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Player of the Game : Claude Cubo's mighty double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds is just one of the reasons why he's player of the game. The other is his "punch" at the 7:44 mark of the game at Pirate Onofre Napiza that resulted in a Flagrant-2 foul and ejection. Cubo will likely find himself suspended for their next game against the Mapua Cardinals.
EAC Stat to Watch : In a game that was mostly a one on one affair, the Generals were edged slightly in the assist category, 14 to 12.
EAC Player to Watch : Jan Jamon continued his steady offensive play, finishing with 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting. If you want to critique him though, you'd say that he doesn't really bring anything else to the game besides scoring, and he was responsible for a team-high 5 turnovers, a full fifth of his squad's errors.
LPU Stat to Watch : The Pirates conceded 4 of 13 three-point shots, allowing EAC to hit 31%. They themselves were horrible from outside, making just a solitary triple in 22 attempts for a putrid 5%.
LPU Player to Watch : Still without starting point guard Shane Ko, Dexter Zamora played 27 minutes, finishing with just 6 points on 3 of 8 shooting, and had 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, a far cry from his hot performance against the Red Lions
- Once again Jolas Paguia came up big in the fourth quarter, hitting a triple that made it 71-65, EAC, with 59.3 seconds remaining. Though he played just 13 minutes, Paguia finished with 7 points on 2 of 4 shooting, and added 2 rebounds and a block. With Cubo likely out for their next game, I expect him to see a huge uptick in minutes.
- It was a sloppy affair for both sides, with EAC totaling 25 errors, and Lyceum finishing with 24. That said, it was the Generals who took better advantage of the miscues, getting 26 turnover points while Lyceum had just 18.
- Former Falcon Allan Santos continues to post big numbers, with another double-double performance of 11 points and 15 rebounds. Can we say, sixth man of the year?
NCAA Picking Record: 8-7