PUSHED to the wall for the first time in NCAA Season 93, Lyceum responded like a seasoned squad, turning back Emilio Aguinaldo College, 97-93, on Thursday at the EAC Sports and Cultural Center.
The Pirates claimed their seventh win in as many games despite the ejection of head coach Topex Robinson who was sent off in the 6:41 mark of the second quarter to multiple technical fouls.
Lyceum held together in the end to pull off a gutsy win, with JC Marcelino capping off the victory with a key steal on Francis Munsayac and a fastbreak lay-up with seven seconds left.
The Generals had the opportunity to win the game or send it into overtime after Ruatan Bugarin's splendid play on both ends — scoring on a short stab and a big block on CJ Perez.
But that opportunity was wasted after Munsayac's unforced turnover when the ball slipped from his hands, resulting to an easy lay-up for Marcelino with seven seconds left in the game to wrap up the win.
"We need games like this to sharpen us and for the players to know that even though we're 6-0, we need to stay grounded," said Lyceum assistant coach Jeff Perlas.
"At the same time, it's really hard to win here. We're the visitors and we weren't so sharp but we'll take this win," he added.
Marcelino finished with a career high 20 points, four steals and three assists.
Perez also finished with 20 points and had five assists, while Mike Nzeusseu had a monster double-double of 17 points and 19 rebounds.
It was a sorry loss for the Generals who played well throughout the match only to slip in the endgame.
The result was especially hard for Munsayac who was playing so well up until the end game only to make that one huge slipup.
He finished with a career best 26 points, while Jerome Garcia added 19 points.
Sidney Onwubere played his worst game of the season as he was limited to six points on 1-9 shooting before fouling out.
The Generals saw their win streak end at two and fell to 3-3.
Lyceum 97 – Perez 20, Marcelino JC 20, Nzeusseu 17, Marcelino JV 9, Caduyac 8, Ayaay 6, Baltazar 5, Ibanez 5, Santos 3, Tansingco 2, Marata 2, Pretta 0
EAC 93 – Munsayac 26, Garcia 19, Bautista 11, Diego 11, Bugarin 10, Onwubere 6, Pascua 5, Neri 3, Mendoza I 2, Corilla 0, Mendoza J 0, Tampoc 0, Guzman 0
Quarterscores: 27-24; 52-49; 77-71; 97-93.