TWINS Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino proved that Lyceum is still a force to be reckoned with this NCAA Season 95.
The brothers scored 13 of the Pirates' last 15 points in an 84-80 win over Letran in the season opener on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Lyceum was at its finest in the endgame, running Letran to the ground as the Knights remain unable to break the Pirates' vaunted press.
Jaycee Marcelino lit up for 24 points, eight coming in the payoff period, to go with six rebounds, five assists, and three steals, as brother Jayvee also had eight of his 18 points in the final canto, including the game-sealing layup with 3.8 seconds to play, on top of his six boards and two dimes.
Reymar Caduyac added 16 points, five rebound and three assists for the Pirates.
Lyceum played without Cameroonian slotman Mike Nzeusseu, who remained in the sidelines due to a jammed right index finger, but was buoyed by the presence of former stars CJ Perez and MJ Ayaay.
"Sabi nga ni Jaycee, 'Coach, tayo na ang pinakamaliit.' But sabi ko nga sa kanila, we have two choices: it's either we lose by just being the smallest team or we win by being the smallest team," said coach Topex Robinson.
"We might be the smallest, but what we have is the quickest team in the league right now and we’re focusing on all our energy to being the smallest and the quickest team in the league, hoping that teams won’t catch up our quickness."
It was a sorry loss for Letran, which wasted Jerrick Balanza's heroic efforts as the comebacking forward had eight of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, alongside five assists, four rebounds and four steals.
The Knights held a five-point lead, 76-71 with 3:37 remaining before Caduyac and the Marcelinos staged a killer 13-4 finishing kick for the Pirates.
Larry Muyang had 14 points, six boards, and three assists, but fouled out with 1:22 remaining.
Lyceum 84 - Jc. Marcelino 24, Jv. Marcelino 18, Caduyac 16, Santos 8, David 6, Yong 3, Navarro 3, Ibanez 2, Valdez 2, Tansingco 2, Pretta 0.
Letran 80 - Balanza 19, Muyang 14, Ular 12, Ambohot 10, Olivario 8, Caralipio 5, Batiller 4, Reyson 3, Mina 3, Yu 2, Balagasay 0.
Quarterscores: 17-21; 47-39; 64-62; 84-80.