Arellano University outlasted Lyceum of the Philippines in the crucial stretch to carve a 76-75 win and gain a tie from 8th to 9th spot in NCAA men’s basketball Thursday at The
Arena in San Juan City.
Renmer Caperal fired 25 points while John Pinto finished with 15 to lead the Chiefs’ great escape that moved them into a tie with the Pirates. The two have identical 4-8 win-loss slates, a few steps above cellar dweller Mapua Institute of Technology, who has a lone win against 10 defeats.
Arellano and Lyceum fought to several lead changes and deadlocks including a 31-31 tally in the second period and 55-55 going into the pivotal quarter.
But Caperal and Pinto took charge in the stretch as the Chiefs proved their mastery over the Pirates, whom they also defeated 68-60 in the first round of the elimination last June 29.
Also providing the needed push for the Chiefs was Keith Jasper Agovida, who settled with 11 points.
Aziz Faycal Mbomiko topscored for the Pirates with 17 points, Dexter Zamora had 15, Shane Ko contributed 14.
In the junior matches the Arellano Braves trounced the Lyceum Junior Pirates, 66-56, to secure their third win against nine defeats.
The College of St. Benilde-LSGH Greenies crushed the University of Perpetual Help Altalettes 85-59, for their ninth win in 12 games.