LYCEUM'S anorexic six-point fourth quarter is definitely a big no-no as the team braces for a Finals rematch against San Beda on Tuesday.
Jaycee Marcelino zeroed in on the Pirates' terrible finish and hoping that his side has learned their lessons in their 74-71 win over St. Benilde on Friday.
"Big lesson sa amin itong fourth quarter. Di namin akalain na ganoon ang lalaruin namin nung fourth quarter," he said.
Lyceum saw its 20-point third quarter lead, 68-48, gobbled up as CSB got to within three but only ran out of time.
Part of the blame is placed on the Pirates' error-prone ways as they committed 25 miscues that led to 18 easy points for the Blazers.
"Tinrabaho lang namin yung lamang, pero mas maganda ang nilaro nila nung fourth quarter. Siguro, para sa Tuesday, yun ang lesson namin, na bawasan yung turnovers namin," said Marcelino, who fired 23 points and five rebounds in the victory.
The San Beda-Lyceum clash will be the first in three years where the Pirates won't be led by former NCAA MVP CJ Perez and steady forward MJ Ayaay.
But rather than be weighed down by the weight of those absences, coach Topex Robinson said that it's a chance for those who were left, specifically Mike Nzeusseu and the Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee, to show that the Pirates are still a force to be reckoned with.
"Without CJ, it's gonna be a new experience but we're always excited for these challenges," he said. "This is the reason why we always want to work hard because this is inevitable. Whether we like it or not, we're gonna face them."
And this early, Marcelino looks primed for the faceoff.
"Malaking kawalan sa amin si CJ, pero pagtatrabahuan namin as a team yung kalaban namin para mas maganda ang maipakita namin," he said. "Kahit wala sila CJ, kakayanin namin."