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Lyceum outlasts Arellano in NCAA second round

by Court Side, September 10, 2019 5:08pm

The Lyceum of the Philippines Universtiy (LPU) Pirates outplayed the Arellano University (AU) Chiefs, 93-90, in the start of the second round of eliminations of this year’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball competition at the San Juan Arena on Tuesday.

The Pirates relied on the sturdy performance of the Marcelino twins to thwart the late-game surge of the Chiefs. Jayvee did a lot of work for LPU with 12 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while brother Jaycee had 10 markers together with three rebounds and three assists.

The two squads went head-to-head in the final frame as the Chiefs managed to wield themselves back into contention off a triple by Kent Salado to bring them within three points with less than 15 seconds left on the clock.

Salado tried his luck to get the game into overtime but his trey fell short as they settled for a loss against the rampaging Pirates.

Big man Mike Nzeusseu top scored for Lyceum with 23 points while Salado led Arellano with 21 points.

Meanwhile, the San Beda University (SBU) Red Lions demolished the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals, 98-66, in the first game to record their 10th straight win in the competition.

The trio of Evan Nelle, Donald Tankoua, and Clint Doliguez headlined for the Red Lions with 13 points each as they claimed back-to-back wins over the Generals in their two meetings this season.

It was a closely played affair in their first canto but the Red Lions started to heat up before the end of the first half as their offense exploded for 38 points while only allowing their foes to score eight to erect a 54-23 lead at the break.

The men from Mendiola did not look back since then, pushing their lead to as much as 41 points in the final frame as they managed to score their 22nd consecutive win over the hapless Generals in the past seasons.

Doliguez spearheaded the onslaught of the Red Lions from beyond the arc with four triples to his name while Nelle and sharpshooter AC Soberano, who finished with 12 points, had three treys each.

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