LYCEUM of the PHILIP­PINES UNIVER­SITY PI­RATES

AF­TER KNOCK­ING ON THE DOOR OF THE NCAA FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, LYCEUM OF THE PHILIP­PINES UNIVER­SITY HAS FI­NALLY BEEN GRANTED EN­TRY AL­BEIT AS A “GUEST TEAM” FOR SEA­SON 87. THE AN­NOUNCE­MENT CAME IN THE MID­DLE OF THE SUM­MER TOUR­NA­MENTS AND CAUGHT THEM OFF

Rebound Magazine - - NCAA PREVIEW - by Rick Olivares with Mia Domingo

The back­court duo will be Shane Ko at point and team cap­tain Kevin La­cap at the two (al­though he will oc­ca­sion­ally slide into the three-spot). When La­cap does move into the for­ward po­si­tion, Chris Cayabyab will be the gun­ner. Onofre Napiza or Ar­win Azores will al­ter­nate at the four while Adam­son refugee Al­lan Santos will be the man in the mid­dle.

The Pi­rates have a lean team and the starters will log long min­utes just to be com­pet­i­tive. Foul trou­ble will give them se­ri­ous prob­lems as they strug­gle to find points from the bench. Dur­ing the sum­mer, the starters were com­pet­i­tive with their coun­ter­parts from the other schools. How­ever, when they went to the bench…what bench?

Bench

Two play­ers who have ac­counted well for them­selves will un­for­tu­nately be sitting out a year. Cen­ter John Foronda and Joseph Am­bo­hot only en­rolled at LPU in Oc­to­ber of 2010.

The ab­sence of these two will hurt Lyceum as they will be miss­ing 2 6’5” bigs who could boost their lineup. Coach Bon­nie Tan will only have Flori­cel Gue­varra, Gian Mal­lari, Dex­ter Zamora, Vence Laude, and Azores to help, but who will help them? Just to be able to form a team for the sum­mer Filoil Fly­ing V Hanes Pre­sea­son Premier Cup, Tan

brought in two in­tra­mu­rals play­ers. The squad will also have four fresh­men on hand. So ex­pe­ri­ence is just not there for the Pi­rates.

Coach­ing

You re­mem­ber the UST Growl­ing Tigers of the past two sea­sons? Yep. The Pi­rates are like that. Short on ceil­ing so they call out the Bomb Squad. Bon­nie Tan, who has men­tored the In­tra­muros squad for the past five sea­sons, likes an up-tempo game. It’s the only way for them to com­pete since they do not have the ceil­ing to do battle within a walk-itup set. Tan likes to set up his shoot­ers. If they can hit a few then he be­lieves it will open up the lane for his bigs. Un­for­tu­nately, they aren’t that skilled. This is called mak­ing the most out of what you have.

In­tan­gi­bles

Un­sure of their fate whether they will be ac­cepted or not in the NCAA, they couldn’t make a move re­gard­ing re­cruit­ment. They did not have a def­i­nite direc­tion then. But when the an­nounce­ment came, Coach Tan said, “Now, we have a chance to give a fair of­fer to the kids since we now have a mother league. Hope­fully, through our par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Filoil Tour­na­ment, it would some­how en­cour­age pos­si­ble re­cruits to try out with us.”

They have lost a num­ber of play­ers to other schools through the re­cruit­ment wars. Jam Cortes and An­drei Men­doza of Le­tran are orig­i­nally from Lyceum. Jay Santos, for­merly of EAC, was also from LPU. Bi­boy En­guio of UE came from the In­tra­muros school as well.

But it’s all wa­ter un­der the bridge now for Tan. He just hopes that his boys will get the mo­ti­va­tion and the drive to ac­tu­ally win games when the NCAA Sea­son 87.

Out­look

They have some tal­ent to build for the fu­ture but that’s a year from now even as Gue­varra and Cayabyab still have two to three years of el­i­gi­bil­ity for LPU. This sea­son on the other hand looks to be a long one as they do not have the ma­te­rial to match up with most of the NCAA squads. They’ll be bat­tling for sure and, at the end of it, will duke it out with EAC to avoid last place in the stand­ings.

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Al­lan Santos Onofre Napiza / Ar­win Azores Kevin La­cap Shane Ko Chris Cayabyab

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