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Player of the Game : Kevin Alas went to town, scoring 24 points (albeit on 10 of 22 shooting), grabbing six rebounds, dishing out 12 assists and getting five swipes (and also committing seven turnovers!). Some negatives aside, this was probably one of Alas' best games, showing a good balance between scoring on his own, and passing the ball. He was also aggressive, attacking the rim, and most of his turnovers actually came form him losing the ball on a drive. One thing though I noticed is that he's much more of a threat going to his left, something other teams might exploit down the road.
CSJL Stat to Watch : Letran continued to flex their rebounding muscles, getting 59 boards, 33 on the offensive glass. However, they couldn't convert on those second chances, getting just six points off putbacks, while allowing 15 in that category from the Pirates.
CSJL Player to Watch : Raymond Almazan had a quiet night offensively, tallying just six points, but he was his usual monstrous self on the glass, getting 13 rebounds, seven offensive, and swatting four shots.
LPU Stat to Watch : The Pirates managed to shoot a 32% clip, 6 for 19, from downtown but still lost. The problem being that deadeye Chris Cayabyab had fouled out late in the fourth, and so was unable to help them down the stretch. Before he was forced to the bench, Cayabyab had hit 4 of 8 triples, a healthy percentage that no doubt would have continued down the stretch had he been available.
LPU Player to Watch : Despite looking like his wrist still bothered him while shooting, point guard Shane Ko had a huge defensive effort, getting eight rebounds and eight assists, while doing his best to smother Kevin Alas on the other side of the court. He also scored six points, but needed seven attempts to get there.
- Both sides played some sloppy ball, helped out by the frenetic pace they were playing at. Letran finished with 25 turnovers and 24 turnover points, while Lyceum had 24 turnovers and 22 turnover points.
- Jam Cortes and Jonathan Belorio were once again the keys to this victory, as they had an easy time scoring against the smaller Pirates. The duo played 21 minutes each and combined for 27 points and 14 rebounds.
SBC 74 - MIT 68
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Preview of the Game : Dave Marcelo has underachieved for much of the season, but he had a huge effort in this game, finishing with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, plus a steal and a block, and he came up with the huge shot off a broken Garvo Lanete play to ice the game for the Red Lions. What allowed him to do so well in that game was a lack of foul trouble; he had just three when it was all over.
SBC Stat to Watch : Mapua may be the only team to give San Beda's big men fits. Going with a three big man line-up early on, the Cardinals set the tone on the boards, hauling down 54 rebounds, 28 on the offensive end. They also made 21 of 45 two-pointers for a 47% clip, the highest mark for all of San Beda's seven opponents. At the same time, the Red Lions were held to just 32 rebounds, 14 on the offensive end.
SBC Player to Watch : Another reason why Dave Marcelo got so many minutes was the poor play of the two Pascuals. Combined, Kyle and Jake had just a single point, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
MIT Stat to Watch : nto the basket, or rather, they simply refuse to do that when inside the three-point circle. Not only do they average the fewest 2-point basket attempts with just 41 a game, they also convert the fewest, just 18.33 a game. That drops the average number of field goals made to a paltry 18.33, also lowest in the NCAA.
MIT Player to Watch : Josan Nimes was off his mark this entire game, scoring just four points in the first quarter, and then fading quietly into the background. They certainly could have used his shooting late in the game, but the rookie was just 0 for 4 from beyond the arc.
- Both the Red Lions and the Cardinals were under-par today from the free throw line. San Beda made just 56% of their charities, while Mapua shot 57%. That's a big drop from their averages coming into this game of 60.76% and 64.82% respectively.
- What undid Mapua late was their numerous turnovers. The Cardinals had 22 miscues, up from their average of 17.83. San Beda on the other hand, took extra care of the ball, making just 11 errors, a huge improvement from their 16.17 average.
NCAA Picking Record: 23-10