Sports bits: Lyceum, San Beda top preseason tourneys

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The Pirates capture the Milcu crown, while the Red Lions snare the Fr. Martin title

 DOMINANT. Lyceum’s Mike Nzeusseu cops the Finals MVP plum in the 2018 Milcu Sports Basketball. 

MANILA, Philippines – Here’s a roundup of some local events in basketball, football and volleyball this week:

Lyceum rules 2018 Milcu Sports Basketball

The Lyceum Pirates dominated their Intramuros rival Letran Knights, 81-69, to bag the championship in the recent 2018 Milcu Sports Basketball presented by Got Skills Adidas Summer Showcase at the Trinity University Gym in Quezon City.

Cameroonian reinforcement Mike Nzeusseu won the Finals MVP after powering Lyceum with 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. CJ Perez backed him up with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.

It was that battle-hardened core for the Pirates that fronted their 3rd-quarter breakaway, stretching a 5-point halftime lead to a 61-49 advantage entering the final frame.  

For deputy Jeff Perlas, who called the shots in place of head coach Topex Robinson, the title run boosted the Pirates’ confidence as they try again to win it all in the NCAA. 

“Definitely, this is a big morale booster for us. Every championship we won is part of the learnings leading to the NCAA,” said Perlas. “Success is a series of small wins.”

 Coy Galvelo led Letran, the top seed after the elimination round, with 18 points, while King Caralipio chipped in 16 points.

San Beda-A bags Fr. Martin senior crown

The San Beda-A Red Lions asserted themselves early and swamped the Letran Knights, 79-56, to capture the senior division honors of the 24th Fr. Martin Cup Summer Basketball Tournament.

Clint Doliguez had 18 points and his efforts in the first half allowed the Red Lions to keep the Knights at bay for the rest of the game in their home turf at the St. Placid gymnasium at the San Beda campus in Mendiola.

 The Red Lions started moving away with a 21-16 lead after Doliguez connected 3 triples and Calvin Oftana capped the first canto with a 4th trey. A drive from Doliguez with 3:51 to go in the second period handed the Red Lions their biggest lead, 59-41. 

Jack Pambid led the Knights with 12 points while Mark Sangalang shot 11.

 Earlier, the Adamson Baby Falcons snared the junior division crown when they pulled off a 78-76 win over the San Beda University-Taytay Red Cubs to capture the high school honors.

National player Jack Danielle Animam and newcomer Kaye Pingol showed the way with 12 points as the defending champion National University Lady Bulldogs retained the women’s crown.

La Liga: San Beda completes semis football cast 

The San Beda Red Lions completed the semifinal cast without even breaking a sweat as NCAA champs St. Benilde Blazers stumbled due to two forfeitures that also ensured Lyceum’s progression in the knockout phase of the La Liga football competition.

The Red Lions earned the third spot of Division 1 with 19 points in the table on the strength of their 5-match unbeaten run ahead of their clash with second seed National University (NU).

The top-ranked University of the Philippines and the Lyceum rounded out the top 4. 

TIP sweeps BPO Olympics women’s volleyball

The TELUS International Philippines’ (TIP) women’s volleyball team continued its dominant run and improved to 3-0 at the 2018 BPO Olympics after downing Acquire at the Meralco Gym. 

Down early, TIP made adjustments to limit its errors and bounced back for a 24-26, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 16-14 victory over Acquire.

Customer service representative Ma. Angela Camille Picar was named Player of the Game, leading the charge with her hustle plays, which opened up scoring opportunities.  With the win, TIP plays against Concentrix team next on July 1 at the same venue. – Carla Molina/Rappler.com