Lyceum of the Philippines displayed deadly form in crushing University of Perpetual Help, 84-61, on Monday in NCAA men’s basketball at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Pirates buried the off-form Altas under a run-and-gun rampage that jeopardized the Altas’ quest to finish the elimination round on second spot and enjoy twice-to-beat advantage.
Even with the setback, Perpetual remained in third position, two games behind second front running Letran College, and three games away from solo leader San Beda College.
Lyceum’s victory did not help boost its standing as it remained in 9th spot with a 5-10 slate. But it kept the Pirates’ hope of making the Final Four alive.
Mark Francisco led the Pirates with 18 points in a well-balanced offensive that saw five players fielded by coach Bonnie Tan finish in double figures.
Dexter Zamora scored on a drive that stretched Lyceum’s lead to a 64-33 early in the third period. The Pirates held the Altas to only seven points, 23-7, in the first quarter and hung on to the lead the rest of the game.
Earl Scottie Thompson topped the Altas’ scoring with 16.