LYCEUM shook off its slow start and used a huge final push to come away with an 82-75 victory over Jose Rizal University on Wednesday for its first win in the NCAA Season 97 seniors basketball tournament at La Salle Greenhills.
Valdez, Guadana star for Lyceum
Valdez came alive and poured eight in the payoff period where Lyceum used a 10-2 charge to flip the game from a 73-72 deficit in the final 2:54 and earn the breakthrough victory in this campaign.
Yancy Remillascored 10 for the Pirates which fought back from an early 12-point hole, 24-12, to end the first frame.
"I'm so very happy because of yung pinakita ng mga players ko. And I'll give credit to them kasi they're the ones working hard sa practice," said coach Gilbert Malabanan.
"Hard work talaga nila when it comes to the game. Aggressive talaga sila and yun naman ang sinasabi ko sa kanila, na I want them to be aggressive offensively and defensively."
Jason Celis topped JRU with 24 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while JL Delos Santos had 14 points, six boards, five dimes, and a steal in the Heavy Bombers' fourth straight defeat.
Lyceum 82 - Valdez 21, Guadana 14, Remulla 10, Larupay 9, Cunanan 6, Barba 6, Bravo 6, Guinto 4, Garro 3, Navarro 3, Umali 0.
JRU 75 - Celis 24, Delos Santos 14, Dionisio 14, Agbong 11, Macatangay 5, G. Gonzales 3, Jungco 2, Arenal 2, Aguilar 0, Bongay 0, Guiab 0.
Quarterscores: 12-24; 38-40; 61-61; 82-75.