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Player of the Game : Floricel Guevarra showed that there are other scorers on this squad besides Christopher Cayabyab, torching the Cardinals for 23 points in just 21 minutes. He also shot an impeccable 3/4 from downtown, 9/10 overall as the Mapua defense had no solution for him whatsoever. Guevarra also displayed his clutchness, nailing 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter when Lyceum made their big run.
MIT Stat to Watch : The Cardinals continue to bomb away with no thought to the consequences. They currently average the most attempts per game, 26.67, after a game where they tried 28 treys, making just 7 of them. Ultimately, that over-reliance on long bombs is what did them in.
MIT Player to Watch : Kenneth Ighalo was decent, putting up 11 points and 5 rebounds. Ultimately though, he wasn't put in a position to affect the game late, so it's hard to comment on his performance.
LPU Stat to Watch : The Pirates showed great skill neutralizing the Mapua bigs on both ends of the court. Yousef Taha and Mark Sarangay combined for just 19 points and 11 rebounds, while the team as a whole had the same number of offensive rebounds as the Cardinals, 17 each. Due to foul trouble, Allan Santos' double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds was even more impressive than what Yousef Taha had (11 points, 6 rebounds)!
LPU Player to Watch : Just as I predicted, the Mapua defense was so concerned with stopping Chris Cayabyab (10 points, on 4 of 12 shooting) that they completely forgot about the other guys. Thus, as mentioned above, Floricel Guevarra was able to have a superb game and keyed the come-from-behind win.
- The Pirates got a 24 to 13 advantage in assists, most coming from fast breaks, where they got a 15-4 advantage in fast break points.
- Mapua found itself outscored in the fourth quarter 16-25, as Lyceum completed a huge fourth quarter comeback, holding the Mapua players to more than 3 points each in that period.
SBC 92 - AU 57
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Player of the Game : Anjo Caram simply could not miss yesterday, taking advantage of Arellano's zone defense to go 6/6 from the field and 2/2 from the line, finishing with 15 points and 5 assists in a measly 12 minutes.
AU Stat to Watch : The Red Lions asserted their might down low, grabbing 50 rebounds to just 37 by the Chiefs. More importantly, San Beda got 17 offensive rebounds, to just 9 by Arellano, and converted that into 12 second chance points.
AU Player to Watch : Gerald Lapuz was slapped with his fourth foul in the second quarter, as coach Leo Isaac made an unsuccessful gamble by keeping him in there in the third quarter. Arellano's versatile enforcer finished with just 10 points and 4 rebounds, before fouling out in the fourth after sitting out the latter part of the second and much of the third quarter.
SBC Stat to Watch : As expected, San Beda showed off the numerous scoring options it had on its bench, as they got three starters in double-digit scoring (Garvo Lanete with 17, Kyle Pascual with 13, and Jake Pascual with 11), and three reserves with at least 9 points (Caram with 15, Anthony Semerad with 9, and Rome Dela Rosa with 9 as well).
SBC Player to Watch : Garvo Lanete once again shredded a zone defense in front of him, this time finishing with 17 points on 7 of 14 shooting. The veteran shooting guard nailed 3 triples and added 3 boards, and 2 dimes for yet another well-rounded outing. They'll play CSB next, another team that likes to zone, and so Lanete ought not to rest on his laurels just yet.
- San Beda continued its dominance of the hustle point categories: 29 to 9 in fast break points, 12 to 4 in second chance points, and 21 to 9 in turnover points
- Arellano's 9 assists were indicative of their over-reliance on 1 on 1 play. San Beda, on the other hand, assisted on 28 of their 36 field goals.
NCAA Picking Record: 9-8