LYCEUM is in the middle of the pack and has avoided slipping to the cellar, thanks to a new big man in Joseph Gabayni.
The 6-foot-5 Gabayni, a 20-year-old transferee from University of Santo Tomas, averaged 10.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in five games in helping the Pirates gain fifth spot in the NCAA basketball tournament with a 3-2 win-loss record behind San Beda, Perpetual Help, San Sebastian and Arellano University.
Gabayni came up with 23 points and 10 rebounds in an 80-78 victory over the Mapua Cardinals last Monday and unloaded 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in an 84-80 overtime win over the Jose Rizal Bombers Friday.
“We knew that he (Gabayni) will be a major piece in our campaign this year and he recent play is proving me right," said Lyceum coach Bonnie Tan.
For the fine performance, Gabayni, who made it to UST's pool but never in the first team roster that led to his decision to transfer to Lyceum, was named Accel Quantum Plus/316 Player of the Week.
He bested teammates Guy Mbida of Cameroon and Dexter Zamora for the weekly plum backed by Bactigel hand sanitizer, Doctor J alcohol and Mighty Mom anti-bacteria.