LYCEUM seeks to secure the No. 2 spot in the NCAA Season 95 on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Denied by San Sebastian on Tuesday, the Pirates look to seal the twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals as it battles also-ran Jose Rizal University at 2 p.m.
Coach Topex Robinson has prepared his Lyceum squad for a big bounce back as it still sits with a 12-4 slate.
"We have to learn from that hiccup," he said after seeing Lyceum’s six-game winning streak snapped.
Mike Nzeusseu and twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino will lead the charge for the Pirates once again in main game of the tripleheader.
The Heavy Bombers, meanwhile, are just intent to play the spoiler role as they're already out of the running with their 4-11 card.
Letran (10-6) also battles for playoff positioning when it takes on Perpetual (5-10) at 12 p.m.
The Knights can inch closer to locking up the No. 3 with a win, and will remain in the running for the No. 2 spot if the Pirates lose.
Cellar-dwellers Arellano (4-11) and Emilio Aguinaldo College (3-12) cap off the day in the 4 p.m. game.