|An over-reliance on jump shots ultimately did Arellano in (pic source)|
LPU 84 - AU 74
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Player of the Game : Chris Cayabyab once again turned in a masterful performance, scoring 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting, 4 of 9 from downtown, and adding 7 rebounds, 5 assists and a huge block. One thing you have to love about Cayabyab is he's not just a shooter. He's smart enough to drive in every now and then and can finish at the rim when he does so. Toss in the fact that he's got a knack for making big shots when the opponent is threatening and you have one complete player.
LPU Stat to Watch : The Pirates took full advantage of the zone defense of Arellano and knocked in 12 triples on 30 attempts for 40% shooting from downtown. Adding to the barrage was former San Beda Red Cub Gian Mallari, who scored 14 points in his first stint with extended minutes. Mallari further deepens this Lyceum bench if he can be a consistent instant-offense type player.
LPU Player to Watch : Onofre Napiza was able to contribute 10 points and 6 rebounds in his 19 minute stint, before accumulating five fouls, his fifth coming on a flagrant-1 foul late in the third quarter while trying to box out Donald Gumaru. Odds are though, he'll get off with just a warning, which is good because the Pirates will need him when they play San Sebastian on Monday.
AU Stat to Watch : The Chiefs were horrible on the glass yesterday, getting just 26 rebounds, compared to 44 by Lyceum. Of those 26, 10 were on the offensive glass, which they managed to convert to 6 second chance points. That's a small number again, but it serves to highlight what a perimeter-oriented squad the Chiefs are.
AU Player to Watch : Rocky Acidre didn't face the type of on the ball pressure that makes him freak out to the tune of 9 turnovers, but faced with the zone of Lyceum, Acidre was a team-worst 1 of 8 from beyond the arc. He was able to contribute somewhat, with 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, but with Andrian Celada sidelined with foul trouble, they needed him to step up and he didn't.
- Both sides shot well from inside the arc, 63% for Lyceum and 62% for Arellano, but the difference was from outside. As mentioned, LPU was 12 for 30 from outside, while AU was just 5 for 24.
- Another telling stat was the free throw percentages of both sides. Arellano was more aggressive, getting 25 trips to the line, but they made just 11 of them for 44 percent. Lyceum on the other side, had just 13 attempts, but converted 8 of them, or 62%.
|With Calvin Abueva attracting so much attention, guys like Ian Sangalang got open looks (pic source)|
SSCR 71 - CSJL 62
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Player of the Game : Big man Ian Sangalang returned to his dominant form after a few so-so games, finishing with a double-double of 22 points (7 of 11 FG, 8 of 12 FT) and 10 assists, plus 5 huge rejections. With the defense keying in on Calvin Abueva so much, Sangalang was often able to get single coverage, and he exploited that fact by going inside constantly.
SSCR Stat to Watch : Truth be told, we didn't really see the full force of the Letran press yesterday, due to the fact that the Knights were missing their shots early on. Though the Stags got 20 turnovers, Letran was only able to convert them into 10 turnover points, the same amount of turnover points the Stags were able to get off Letran's 14 miscues.
SSCR Player to Watch : Without Jonathan Semira, guys like Anthony Del Rio, Jovit Dela Cruz, and Lyle Antipuesto all got more minutes, but Del Rio, the most veteran of the trio, underperformed, finishing with just a point, though he got five rebounds, two assists and a block and a steal. Late in the game, he cramped up and had to be taken out. Truth be told though, the offense the Stags are running isn't very dependent on a true point guard, as opposed to someone who can catch a kickout and shoot, so this doesn't seem to be a problem right now.
CSJL Stat to Watch : After last season saw their two games go under 120 points combined, the early offensive explosion by San Sebastian in the first quarter which had them at 25 points after 10 minutes, basically had the game's tempo already in the Stags' favor. Letran managed to do some defensive work in the second and third quarters, holding them to 13 and 11 points respectively, but the Stags got another 20+ point fourth quarter, as the defense of the Knights buckled late when Kevin Alas left.
CSJL Player to Watch : Raymond Almazan played a great game, considering how he was up against a standout center like Ian Sangalang. In 24 minutes, Almazan scored 11, most coming off putbacks, pulled down 17 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass, and also blocked 5 shots. If he can continue to improve his game, such as adding a jump shot to his offensive arsenal, then Letran looks a lot deadlier.
- The Pinatubo Trio of Ian Sangalang, Ronald Pascual and Calvin Abueva combined for 53 points, or roughly 75% of the Stags' 71 points.
- Raymond Almazan, Jonathan Belorio, and Jam Cortes hauled in 44 rebounds or 73% of Letran's 60 rebounds. Of that 60, 24 were on the offensive end, contributing largely to the team's 18 to 9 advantage in second chance points.
NCAA Picking Record: 11-8