Lyceum, San Beda, JRU post wins in NCAA hoops

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Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) ignited a late run as it survived San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R), 78-73, to solidify its hold of the top spot in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 93 basketball tournament on Friday at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City.

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Mike Nzeusseu and MJ Ayaay joined forces to pull off a 5-0 rally that pushed Lyceum to a 77-70 lead with 26 seconds remaining. The Pirates remained on top of the standings unscathed in three games.

“That was a tough game. They (San Sebastian) really gave us a run for our money. We’re just happy that we got away with the win,” said Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson, who was the former mentor of San Sebastian.

Robert Bolick of San Beda College attempts to score past Sidney Onwubere of Emilio Aguinaldo College during the NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament on Friday at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City. PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO JR.

CJ Perez, a former San Sebastian player, pumped in 20 points and five rebounds but had eight turnovers while team captain Ayaay chipped in 17 markers for Lyceum.

Michael Calisaan sizzled with a game-high 28 points aside from 12 rebounds and Allyn Bulanadi contributed 16 markers for the Golden Stags, who slid to 1-2.

Perez and Wilson Baltazar sparked an 8-0 run to lift the Pirates by as much as 10 points, 36-26, but the Stags retaliated with their own 11-5 rally to keep within striking distance, 39-43, after the first 20 minutes.

Lyceum and San Sebastian exchanged runs in the third period though it was the Intramuros-based squad that came out on top, 63-55, as Ayaay hit a trey.

The Pirates once again built a double-digit advantage, 70-59, on Perez’s triple from the left corner but the pesky Stags went on a blazing 11-2 run to slice the deficit to two, 72-70.

But Nzeusseu used his towering height for a putback and Ayaay sank a clutch three-pointer to give the Lyceum a seven-point lead with 26 ticks left.

Meanwhile, San Beda College (SBC) banked on a strong second half to rout Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), 81-69.

The Red Lions turned a 38-32 halftime lead into a massive 55-35 advantage in the third period en route to their second straight victory for a 3-1 win-loss record.

Jomari Presbitero drilled in a career-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting while Donald Tankoua added 12 markers and nine rebounds for the Lions.

Francis Munsayac put up a game-best 21 points highlighted by four triples before injuring his right foot late in the game while Jerome Garcia had 16 markers as the Generals fell to 1-2.

In the second game, Jose Rizal University (JRU) bounced back from a loss at the expense of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 65-62.

Jed Mendoza finished with 17 points highlighted by a key defensive stop in the endgame as the Heavy Bombers rebounded from a tough 72-73 overtime defeat to Arellano University and improved to 2-2.

Bong Quinto scored 16 points while Nambatac had 14 markers for the Knights, who fell to 1-2.

The scores:
First game
SBC (81)- Presbitero 16, Tankoua 12, Bolick 10, Mocon 10, Doliguez 9, Potts 9, Oftana 6, Soberano 3, Adamos 2, Bahio 2, Tongco 2, Cabanag 0, Abuda 0, Noah 0.

EAC (69)- Munsayac 21, Garcia 16, Laminou 13, Onwubere 10, Diego 4, Guzman 3, Mendoza I. 2, Corilla 0, Pascua 0, Mendoza J. 0, Tampoc 0.

Quarterscores: 19-17; 38-32; 62-43; 81-69

Second game
JRU (65)- Mendoza 17, Teodoro 14, Lasquety 10, David 9, Abdul Razak 5, Grospe 5, Poutouochi 4, Bordon 2, De la Virgen 0, Castor 0.

CSJL (62)- Quinto 16, Nambatac 14, Calvo 11, Balanza 7, Ambohot 6, Balagasay 6, Taladua 2, Pamulaklakin 0, Vacaro 0, Bernabe 0, Gedaria 0.

Quarterscores: 14-12; 28-24; 47-40; 65-62

Third game
LPU (78)- Perez 20, Ayaay 17, Nzeusseu 10, Baltazar 7, Marcelino JC 7, Marcelino JV 6, Tansingco 5, Caduyac 4, Marata 2, Ibañez 0, Santos 0, Pretta 0.

SSC-R (73)- Calisaan 28, Bulanadi 16, David 6, Ilagan 6, Gayosa 6, Valdez 5, Navarro 3, Calma 2, Capobres 1, Baetiong 0, Costelo 0, Mercado 0, Are 0.

Quarterscores: 23-17; 43-39; 63-55; 78-73

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