UNIVERSITY of the Philippines beat Lyceum, 76-53, on Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the Smart City Hoops 25-under Summer Classic.
Will Gozum had 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the field, while Paul Desiderio chipped in 12 points for the Fighting Maroons, who will face either Ateneo or Letran in the semifinals.
JD Tungcab finished with 11 points for UP, which led by as many as 29 points.
“What I liked the most was how we played defense. It was physical. It’s something that says that we want to win. ‘Yun ‘yung gusto ko makita, ‘yung desire nila to be better,” said UP coach Bo Perasol.
Juan Gomez de Liano suffered a left ankle sprain with 9:12 left with the game already in the bag.
The Pirates fielded their Team A but without CJ Perez and MJ Ayaay, who are in the US for skills training.
Mike Nzeusseu had 12 points, while JC Marcelino had eight points for the Pirates.