September 21, 2019
Jaycee Marcelino delivered down the stretch as Lyceum of the Philippines University escaped College of St. Benilde (CSB), 85-83, in Season 95 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors basketball tournament on Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Marcelino sparked the Pirates’ breakaway run in the closing quarter en route to their third straight win. Lyceum, with a 9-3 record, kept its hold of No. 2.
“He (Marcelino) saved us a lot of times. His performance is solid,” said Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson.
Earlier, Mapua University slipped past Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), 79-76, for back-to-back victories. The Cardinals solidified their grip of No. 6 with a 5-6 slate.
“We saw the character of our players there,” said Mapua head coach Randy Alcantara. The win was a fitting follow-up to the Cardinals’ 105-101 double overtime stunner over Colegio de San Juan de Letran last week.
Marcelino finished with a game-high 22 points, eight of which were notched in the payoff period on top of seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block against a lone turnover.
Cameroonian center Mike Nzeusseu pumped in a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards while guard Niño Ibañez chipped in 11 markers and seven rebounds for Lyceum.
Down 69-70, Marcelino triggered a 13-3 run capped by a layup off twin Jayvee’s pass on a fastbreak for an 82-73 lead with 1:25 remaining in the game.
Unique Naboa scored a triple followed by Kendrix Belgica’s layup, 78-82, with 54.9 seconds left.
But Jaycee and Jayvee secured the Pirates’ victory, with the former sinking a dagger layup from the latter’s slick assist with 33.2 ticks remaining.
Justin Gutang’s triple-double of 12 points, 10 boards and 10 dimes along with Naboa’s 15 markers went down the drain as the Blazers suffered their third loss in a row.
CSB remained stuck at No. 5 with a 6-5 card.
Mapua needed to survive EAC’s late 8-0 rally that trimmed its lead down to 78-76 with 48.6 seconds left in the game.
The Generals had a chance to steal the win after Noah Lugo’s turnover but JP Maguliano and Marwin Taywan’s missed shots resulted in the Cardinals’ fifth win.
Veteran guard Lugo topscored with 16 points, draining 14 of those in the second half. Warren Bonifacio drilled a 13-marker, 10-board double-double while Laurenz Victoria added 11 points for Mapua.
Maguliano had 15 points and Taywan 13 for the cellar-dwelling Generals, who fell to the brink of elimination with their 10th consecutive defeat for a 1-11 sheet.
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