Pirates cruise to fifth straight win, post NCAA season-high 43-point drubbing of sinking Blazers
Lyceum guard JC Marcelino leads all scorers with 17 points. Dante Peralta

LYCEUM hardly broke a sweat in claiming its fifth straight win in the NCAA Season 93 after demolishing College of St. Benilde, 98-55, Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Center.

The Pirates used a 39-12 from midway through the first quarter to the end of the half to take a 47-21 lead.

JC Marcelino starred in that rally as he played big on both ends, with the Pirates forcing turnover after turnover while making almost every shot they took.

The Pirates made eight three pointers and forced 20 turnovers in the first half. They padded their lead to as many as 46 points, 91-45, following a CJ Perez lay-up with three minutes left in the game.

"We remember the time that they beat us last year for their only win. That turned out to be the motivation for us," said Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson.

"We just wanted to honor the game and try to play as hard as we can no matter who it is we're playing," he added.

Marcelino finished with 17 points to lead all scorers, while posting seven rebounds and three assists to continue his stellar play.

The Pirates forced the Blazers to 40 turnovers, the most in the league since Aldin Ayo's mayhem-ran Letran squad forced San Sebastian into committing 43 in 2015.

Veteran gunner Wilson Baltazar rediscovered his shooting touch and finished with 16 points anchored on four threes.

Perez had a decent all-around game with 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.

Unique Naboa was the lone bright spot for Benilde as he finished with 14 points.

With the loss, the Blazers dropped their third straight game to fall at the bottom of the standings with a 1-3 record.

 

The scores:

Lyceum 98 – Marcelino JC 17, Baltazar 16, Perez 14, Pretta 10, Tansingco 9, Marcelino JV 7, Nzeusseu 6, Caduyac 6, Marata 4, Ayaay 4, Santos 4, Serrano 1, Ibanez 0, Liwag 0

St. Benilde 55 – Naboa 14, Leutcheu 7, Belgica 7, Johnson 6, San Juan 4, Bunyi 4, Young 3, Domingo 3, Pili 3, Castor 2, Suarez 2, Dixon 0, Sta. Maria 0, Mercado 0, Velasco 0

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Quarterscores: 16-11; 47-21; 68-34; 98-55.

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