LPU 93 - UPHSD 87
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Player of the Game: Chris Cayabyab led the Pirates with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal, 1 block and just 1 turnover, but truth be told, it was his reckless throwing up of unneeded triples when the Pirates had a big lead that allowed Perpetual Help to come back. He tossed up five attempts from beyond the arc in a four-minute span and made just one of them, while the Atlas scored 10 in that same span. Still, the Pirates won in the end, so I'll give Cayabyab that.
LPU Stat to Watch: After getting just 16 free throw tries in their debut game in the NCAA, the Pirates showed that they could also relentlessly attack the rim, getting a whopping 43 attempts from the charity stripe and making 28 of them, good for 65%.
LPU Player to Watch: Alan Santos had another big outing, tallying his second double-double in as many tries, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and another 4 blocks. More impressive is the fact that he managed to play most of the fourth quarter on four fouls without reaching his fifth.
UPHSD Stat to Watch: The Atlas once again were horrible from beyond the arc, launching 27 attempts and making just 3 of them, all by Jet Vidal and all in the first half. And it's not that all of them were contested or anything, some were actually wide open triples that they just missed.
UPHSD Player to Watch: Jet Vidal made a big splash, scoring 8 of his team's first 14 points, 6 from a pair of three-pointers, but he fell quiet in crunch time, scoring just 2 points in the fourth quarter, and 4 points total in the second half. On the bright side though, he managed to pull down 10 rebounds, which is what you'd like your star guard to do if his shot isn't falling in.
83 to 66 - The Atlas had 17 more shot attempts than the Pirates, thanks in part to 15 more offensive rebounds, but Perpetual Help simply could not put the ball down the basket in spite of all those bonus shots.
AU 79 - JRU 75
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Player of the Game: Vergel Zulueta made up for going 0/4 in the first quarter to finish 7/11, scoring 21 points, 10 in the fourth quarter, making up for a sub-par outing by Andrian Celada. Props go to Gerald Lapuz also for nailing that huge triple, his only of the game, that sent the game to overtime.
AU Stat to Watch: Considering the shortened rotation and the fact that the game went into overtime, the Chiefs having just 17 turnovers is pretty amazing. Sadly though, after Rocky Acidre having no turnovers in their first game, he more than made up for it by turning it over 9 times in this encounter.
AU Player to Watch: Andrian Celada had his second 0/7 game from 3pt range, finishing with just 9 points, but with 2 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. How long will Celada go without hitting a triple? Their next game isn't until July 15 so he'll have some time to practice in the gym.
JRU Stat to Watch: The Heavy Bombers didn't get their running attack going again, scoring just 10 fast break points to 16 by the Chiefs, who had 8 in the fourth quarter. They did out-score Arellano 22-13 in turnover points though.
JRU Player to Watch: Nate Matute was out with a groin injury yesterday, and that certainly didn't help JRU. The starter at SG, Raycon Kabigting, continued to disappoint, going 0 for 4 from beyond the arc and finishing with just 6 points.
45 to 29 - Like the undercard match, the losing side got more rebounds, more offensive rebounds (18 to 7) and more shot attempts (69 to 59) than the winning team. Numerous times, JRU would grab the offensive rebound but find themselves stuck underneath the basket, turning it over or throwing up a weak shot.
NCAA Picking Record: 2-5