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    Jaycee Marcelino spares Pirates blushes after near-31-point meltdown

    Jul 13, 2018
    Jaycee Marcelino spared the Pirates' blushes after almost squandering a huge 31-point lead against the Generals.
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    LYCEUM may have lost an early 31-point lead in its game against Emilio Aguinaldo College, but the team could not allow the win to fall off of its grasps.

    Not on Jaycee Marcelino’s watch.

    “Ayaw ko matalo eh, kaya pinag-pursigihan kong magtrabaho sa court para maibalik namin ang lamang namin at manalo kami,” said the NCAA Season 93 Rookie of the Year.

    Marcelino uncorked 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Pirates held off the Generals, 106-97 on Friday. He also hauled down eight rebounds, five steals, and two assists in the win as they grabbed their second win this NCAA Season 94.

    But the 20-year-old guard believes that the game should serve as a lesson for Lyceum after squandering a 72-41 midway in the third quarter – an eye-opener for it to better protect those big leads if it wants to turn those into wins.

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    “Sabi namin sa isa’t isa, ito ang challenge para sa amin para makabalik kami sa nilaro namin sa first half,” he said. “Big learning sa amin yun kasi 31 ang lamang namin, naging tatlo. Kaya sa susunod siguro, di na mangyayari sa amin yung pag lumamang kami ng malaki. Ten minutes na lang ang lalaruin namin kaya dapat extra work na lang kami sa loob ng court.”

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    “Ayun, nag-enjoy naman kami sa court kaya pagpasok namin sa fourth quarter, nag-enjoy na lang kami.”

    The Pirates seek to remain atop of the standings when they take on JRU next Friday.

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    Jaycee Marcelino spared the Pirates' blushes after almost squandering a huge 31-point lead against the Generals.
    PHOTO: marlo cueto
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