Lyceum Pirates stretch unbeaten run to 13 and advance to NCAA semifinals for the first time
CJ Perez again leads the Pirates in scoring with 21 points. Dante Peralta

LYCEUM made history by booking a semis seat in its school's short history with the league after holding off a late Perpetual rally to take a 94-83 win in the NCAA Season 93 on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.

By claiming its 13th win in as many games, the Pirates clinched the first final four seat in the tournament, making their semifinals debut in the grandest way possible.

CJ Perez once again led the way for the Pirates 21 points, nine assists and five rebounds but it was the energy of the Marcelino twins that propelled the Pirates in the end.

Upon the entry of the twins, the Pirates went on a 12-2 run to turn a delicate 71-68 lead to a commanding 83-70 advantage.

The Altas had one last counter-attack, racking up an 11-2 rally to trim the lead to four, 81-85, with 2:10 to go behind the exploits of leading MVP candidate Prince Eze.

Fortunately for the Pirates, they had one last run in them, as Perez and the Marcelino twins responded by piling up seven straight points, including a dagger three by JC Marcelino with 41.5 seconds to go.

"It's really something that we are not accustomed to but part of the journey is making it here," said Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson.

"We'll just continue to be humble and feel blessed to be in this position," he added.

The twins combined for 13 points in the final quarter — with JV finishing with 15 points and four rebounds as JC had 11 in total.

Mike Nzesseu continued his solid play on both ends for the Pirates with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Spencer Pretta added 12 points.

Eze had another monster game with 26 points, 20 rebounds and seven blocks as Gab Dagangon finished with 17 but their 26 turnovers proved to be too much to overcome for them.

The loss dropped them to a tie with the Arellano Chiefs at seventh place with a 4-8 record.

The scores:

Lyceum 94 — Perez 21, Jv. Marcelino 15, Nzeusseu 15, Pretta 12, Jc. Marcelino 11, Ayaay 8, Caduyac 4, Cinco 3, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Baltazar 0, Ibañez 0, Liwag 0.

Perpetual 83 —Eze 26, Dagangon 17, Sadiwa 13, Singontiko 9, Pido 8, Coronel 5, Ylagan 4, Cabiltes 1, Casas 0, Hao 0, Lucente 0, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0.

Quarterscores: 16-19; 43-40; 67-63; 94-83.

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