Lyceum escapes Arellano to stay unbeaten
LYCEUM of the Philippines University Pirates preserved its immaculate record in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 9492 stunner over the Arellano University Chiefs Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
The Pirates finished the game on a blistering 20-5 run that overhauled a 13-point disadvantage in the fourth quarter as they sealed their 12th win in as many games.
Down 87-74, Lyceum went on a 14-0 run capped off by a bucket from CJ Perez to regain the lead, 88-87, with a little over two minutes to go.
“Hopefully it’s a challenge or a wake up call for us that we have to keep on playing until the final buzzer sounds,” said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson of the close call. “It’s going to be hard along the way but hopefully this game would turn us really into a great team.”
The Chiefs retaliated to get back on top, 91-88, but that was the last they would get the lead as the Pirates took over for good with 7.4 seconds left.
Kent Salado still had the chance to tie the game but he missed one of his free throws with 6.5 ticks left.
Arellano slipped to 4-7, making its battle for a Final Four spot even tougher.
Meanwhile, the College of St. Benilde Blazers registered its third win after taking apart the University of Perpetual Help Altas, 83-55.
The Blazers improved to 3-9 while the Altas slipped to 4-7.
This is St. Benilde’s second win over Perpetual after the Altas had their 69-65 opening game victory against the Blazers forfeited after wearing the wrong uniform.
Blazers head coach TY Tang used their earlier game against the Altas as a source of motivation and to prove that they can beat Perpetual without the help of some technicality.
“We had that as a motivation on our part that we just want to prove a point,” said Tang. “This time we wanted to win convincingly. We just played good basketball on both ends of the court and we were composed.”
Edward Dixon led the Blazers with 21 points with four rebounds while Clement Leutcheu put up a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double performance.
Prince Eze had six points and 16 rebounds to lead the Altas. —