Lyceum of the Philippines hammered Mapua Institute of
Technology, 74-59, on Saturday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena in San Juan City.
Sophomore Dexter Zamora scored nine points in the pivotal
period to lead the Pirates’ uprising on their way to their second win in three matches.
Lyceum, who finished 10th last year, is now tied with defending champion San Beda Red in second place with a 2-1 slate.
The victory also showed that the Pirates’ 70-66 win over the Red
Lions last June 22 was no fluke.
Shane Ko likewise flashed deadly form for Lyceum by firing 15
points, capped by a three-point play off a foul by Darrel Magsigay
with less than a minute remaining.
With the setback, the Cardinals of new head coach Atoy Co
dropped to a four-way tie from 6th to 9th positions with the Arellano Chiefs, San Sebastian Staglets and Emilio Aguinaldo Generals with similar 1-2 cards.
Their lone win was over San Sebastian College, 104-99, last July 1.
The third-year Hotel and Restaurant Management student Zamora topscored for the Pirates with 22 points and dished off two assists.
He was four-of-seven attempts in the field goal. Wilson Baltazar
10 and Mark Francisco, 8.
Jeson Cantos led Mapua with 16 points, Mark Brana added 15 and Jessie Saitanan, 9.
In the juniors games, the Jose Rizal Light Bombers trounced the
Letran Squires, 67-61, to remain unbeaten in three matches, while the Mapua Red Robins scored their first win column after two defeats by thrashing the Lyceum Junior Pirates, 91-58.