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    Pirates clinch third seed after payback win over Scorpions

    Jun 6, 2014

    LYCEUM of the Philippines exacted sweet revenge over NAASCU champion Centro Escolar University, 75-62, to clinch  third seed in the 2014 MBL Open basketball championship at the Lumera gym in Legarda, Manila.

    Two days after losing to the Scorpions in their Filoil Premier Cup quarterfinal showdown,  the Pirates came   up  with a dominant performance  from start to  finish to seal their fourth win in  six outings at  the close of  the  elimination round in this tough, seven-team  tournament supported by Smart Sports, Ironcon Builders, Dickies Underwear, PRC Couriers and Zucchero Cafe. 

    John  Arwin Azores played a solid, all-around game for the Pirates, scoring 15 points while providing a strong defensive presence in the paint to limit the Scorpions’ production.

    Four other mainstays --  Shaq  Alanes, Wilson Baltazar, Tirso Lesmoras, and  Andrei  Mendoza -- also provided  ample  scoring support for the Pirates, coached by Bonnie Tan, as they hope to make an impression before the start of the NCAA Season 90 later this month.

    Alanes added 13 points, including three triples in a strong third-quarter run by the Pirates.

    The win enabled Lyceum to set up a knockout showdown against No. 6 seed St. Dominic College of Asia.

    CEU, on the other hand, will meet  No. 4 seed Our Lady of Fatima University in another knockout encounter.

    The winner of  the Fatima-CEU match will earn the right to meet top seed Sea Lions, while the victor of the  Lyceum-St. Dominic encounter will face No. 2 Wang’s Ballclub in the semis.

    Meanwhile, MBL chairman  Alex Wang  announces the suspension of Wang’s Ballclub  coach  Pablo Lucas  for  “unsportsmanlike  conduct“ during the team's heart-breaking 80-81 loss to Sea Lions recently. 

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    Lucas assaulted the referee and vehemently protested the outcome of the match,  claiming ex-PBA player Egay Billones’ buzzer-beating  three-point shot came after the final buzzer.

    Officials, however, ruled that there was enough time when Billones made the game-winning triple after receiving the ball with 1.3 seconds left.  

    Wang said he made the decision to suspend Pablo after consultation with league officials.

    “The MBL will not tolerate such action regardless of who committed the offense. The league, as a whole,  flourished  because of our commitment to fair play and sportsmanship,” said Wang.


    The scores

    Lyceum ( 75)  -- Azores 15, Alanes 13, Baltazar 11,  Lesmoras 10, Mendoza 9,  Evangelista 7,  Lacastesantos 7,  Taladua 3.

    CEU (62)  -- Saber 13, Silverie  8,  Aquino 8,  Aranas  6,  Labiste 6,   Aqim 5, Cruz 5, Malubay 4, Gastador 3, Dizon 2,  De Leon 1, Alvendia 1.

    Quarterscores: 17-8; 33-31; 54-41; 75-62.

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