PERPETUAL Help became the first team in two seasons to beat Lyceum in the elimination round as it came away with a thrilling 83-81 win in the NCAA Season 94 on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
Prince Eze scored the game-winning tip as time expired, dealing the Pirates their first loss following an amazing 30-game winning run in the elims.
Edgar Charcos scored consecutive baskets to tie the game at 81 with a minute and eight seconds left in the game before MJ Ayaay turned the ball over with 11 seconds remaining.
This set the carpet for Eze's heroics as he cleaned up Tonton Peralta's miss to give the Altas the win.
"You know, to hold LPU, a very very strong team, down to just 13 points in the final quarter is something else. I have to give it to my guys. They really delivered," said Frankie Lim after the game.
"Sabi ko nga sa pre-game, I want to see you guys in attack mode," he added.
The game-winner capped an MVP-like performance from Eze who finished with 25 points, 20 rebounds, and two blocks while Charcos finished with 20 points and six assists in his second game back from injury.
The win pushed Perpetual to 7-5, making the race to the Final Four all the more interesting as they moved half a game behind St. Benilde (8-5) and a full game behind third-running Letran (8-4).
The Blazers and the Knights have yet to face the Pirates in the second round.
JC Marcelino led the now 12-1 Pirates with 16 points while CJ Perez had 11 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, and five steals in the loss.
UPHSD 83 - Eze 25, Charcos 20, Coronel 11, Aurin 10, Jimenez 8, Peralta 7, Magalino 2, Cuevas 0, Pasia 0.
LPU 81 - Marcelino JC. 16, Nzeusseu 14, Ayaay 13, Perez 11, Pretta 9, Santos 6, Caduyac 5, Valdez 4, Marcelino JV. 3, Ibañez 0, Yong 0, Serrano 0, Tansingco 0.
Quarters: 19-20, 39-43, 60-68, 83-81