Lyceum of the Philippines (LPU) banked on its bench players as it pummeled College of St. Benilde (CSB), 98-55, to remain unbeaten atop the standings of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 93 basketball tournament on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City.
The second-stringers stepped up to combine for 70 points as the Pirates posted a perfect 5-0 win-loss record, keeping on their best start in history and setting a new record of winning streak for their school.
For Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson, they just exacted revenge on St. Benilde, which happened to score its lone win last year at the expense of LPU.
“We remembered the time they beat us last year. That turned out to be our motivation,” said Robinson, whose team tallied the biggest winning margin so far.
Both coming off the Lyceum bench, Jaycee Marcelino chalked 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and Wilson Baltazar chipped in 16 markers highlighted by four triples.
Unique Naboa emerged as the lone double-digit scorer with 14 points for the Blazers, who dropped to 1-3.
Aside from outpacing the Blazers in fastbreak points (26-6), Lyceum also capitalized on St. Benilde’s 40 turnovers as it converted 46 markers off those blunders.
The Pirates started slow as they only managed to snag a 16-11 lead in the first period with Baltazar scoring the last five points.
But the Intramuros-based cagers coasted to an 18-3 blast built on four treys en route to a 47-21 halftime advantage.
Lyceum continued to display its offensive arsenal as it notched the largest lead in the season so far at 46 points midway the final frame.
In the juniors division, CSB-La Salle Greenhills leaned on Joel Cagulangan’s stellar plays as it eked out an 88-87 victory over LPU High School to stay undefeated.
Cagulangan made two assists for the baskets that knotted the game at 87-all and drained one of his two free throws in the closing seconds to lift the Junior Blazers to their fourth win in as many games.
Cagulangan finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists while Albert Bordeos added 16 points as the Taft-based team joined Mapua-Malayan High School at the top.
Vincent Cunanan scored 15 points and Mac Guadana had 12 markers for the Junior Pirates, who fell to 2-3.
Meanwhile, Arellano University toppled Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 86-79, in the second juniors match.
Aaron Fermin pumped in a colossal double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds as the Braves improved to 3-2.
Lakksman Ganapathy wound up with 14 points for the Squires, who slid to 2-3.