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Lyceum wraps up first round with thriller over Arellano
Lyceum wraps up first round with thriller over Arellano

TOUGH DUEL. Lyceum’s Omar Larupay and Arellano’s Cade Flores battle for rebounding position.


Surviving another tight duel, Lyceum outlasts Arellano to claim second place at the end of their first-round campaign

MANILA, Philippines – Lyceum capped its first-round campaign with a thrilling triumph over Arellano in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Leaning on a balanced effort, the Pirates outlasted the Chiefs, 82-80,  to keep hold of the second spot with a 7-2 record on Tuesday, October 11, at the FilOil EcoOil Centre in San Juan.

Trailing 78-81, the Chiefs tried to send the game into overtime, but Shane Menina’s three-pointer rimmed out in the final 11 seconds.

Renzo Navarro then sealed the Pirates’ win by splitting his charities off a Menina foul for an 82-78 advantage, with 4.4 seconds remaining.

The Pirates, runners-up in 2017 and 2018, finished just half a game behind the league-leading College of Saint Benilde (7-1).

“For us, it’s a good thing that we went through a tight game,” Lyceum coach Gilbert Malabanan said in Filipino. “In the second round, we really expect all teams would want to go up in the standings. We’ll experience more games like this.” 

“It’s good the composure of the players is still there,” he added after Lyceum followed up on their 82-79 overtime win over San Sebastian last Sunday. 

Gyle Montaño led the Pirates with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks, John Barba chipped in 15 points and 4 boards, while Mac Guadaña added 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. 

Arellano will enter the second round with a 4-5 record – 1 1/2 game behind joint fourth placers San Beda (5-3) and Letran (5-3).

Axel Doromal had 21 points, while Menina contributed 14 points and 3 assists for the Chiefs.  

The Scores

Lyceum  82 – Montaño 16, Barba 15, Guadaña 14, Valdez 9, Umali 7, Bravo 7, Larupay 6, Peñafiel 4, Cunanan 3, Navarro 1, Villegas 0.

Arellano 80 – Doromal 21, Menina 14, Abastillas 12, Flores 11, Oftana 8, Mantua 8, Tolentino 4, Mallari 2, Oliva 0, Antonio 0.

Quarters: 22-19, 44-42, 70-58, 82-80.

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