CJ Perez backs up the hype in Pirates debut

first_imgMOST READ Perez is just glad to finally be on a competitive setting anew after three years of treading in the Team B circuit while serving his residency.“I’m really happy to play for LPU and I’m glad to play for NCAA again. I’m so excited,” he said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Perez’ giddiness, though, may have gotten the better of him as he also committed seven of Lyceum’s 21 turnovers, a part of his game that coach Topex Robinson playfully took a shot at.“He’s still the same, same with his turnovers,” said the youthful mentor to his prized possession in jest. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netReturning to his old stomping grounds, CJ Perez didn’t look like he missed a beat as he dazzled in his first official NCAA game with Lyceum.The 23-year-old lived up to the hype and racked up 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the Pirates’ NCAA Season 93-opening 96-75 victory over JRU on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “If we can be consistent, we can go far this season,” he said.And Lyceum can test its mettle early as it gears up for defending champion San Beda on Friday. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. But Perez took it in stride, knowing that he has to be better in the coming games.The 6-foot-2 prodigy, however, doesn’t want the spotlight all for himself, saying that the secret for the huge acclaim the Pirates have been getting from their preseason showing should also be credited to his teammates.“I’m the same CJ Perez, but the team is what helps us win. It’s our camaraderie, we’re all close and we’re all focused, which bonds the team and makes us work, especially on the defensive end,” he said.Lyceum gave the fans a glimpse on how potent the team can be when locked in, shutting down the usually gritty Heavy Bombers.Perez noted that the performance was just the tip of the iceberg as he expects the Pirates to continue working hard in hopes of figuring in the Final Four race later in the season.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Venus Williams reaches Wimbledon semifinals for 10th time View commentslast_img read more