THE Lyceum Pirates are as ferocious in practice as they are in games.
The Pirates showed how competitive they can be after catching another big fish in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament with an 84-61 blowout of University of Perpetual Help on Monday at The Arena in San Juan.
Their competitiveness, not surprisingly, starts in training.
During the post-game interview, Pirates coach Bonnie Tan related that teammates Andrei Mendoza and Aziz Mbomiko figured in a fight in a recent practice.
“It was maybe because of their intensity sa practice, pressure sa isa’t-isa na gustong manalo,” said Tan, whose team won for only the fifth time in 15 games and became the only team to beat the top three teams in the league so for this season after stunning San Beda and Letran earlier.
The teammates said they already sorted things out when Spin.ph caught up with them in the dugout, although Mendoza had a wound in the chin as a 'souvenir' from the fight.
“It’s already past,” Mbomiko said. “We always try to bring whatever we do in practice in the court. That’s what it’s all about.”
Mbomiko, the Cameroonian import, had 14 points, four rebounds, and four assists against the Altas, while Mendoza, the team’s skipper, played only one minute and was scoreless.
“Physicality lang, medyo nagkatamaan, pero wala na yun, nothing personal,” said Mendoza, who wore a bandage to cover the wound on the right side of his chin that took four stitches to close.