Also-ran Lyceum played the spoiler’s role to the hilt on Tuesday, derailing Perpetual Help’s entry to the Final Four by pulling off a 64-61 victory in the 92nd NCAA seniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Wingman Reymar Caduyac banged in nine of his team-high 15 points in the final frame, standing tall on the Pirates’ resolute stand that enabled them to impede the Altas’ bid for an outright semifinals berth.
With the win, Lyceum, already out of contention for a Final Four berth, improved to 6-11. Perpetual Help suffered its fifth win in 16 matches but stayed at third spot behind pace-setting Arellano U (12-3) and host San Beda (12-4).
“Actually it’s the start of the next season for us already,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson, pleased with how the Pirates are making the most of their remaining matches.
“Pretty much the reason why the games still have bearing for us is that we’re preparing for next season. No wasted games, we still have one and it’s gonna prepare us for a championship in the future.”
Going down the drain with the Altas’ setback was the 21-point, 12-rebound, four-block outing by prized import Bright Akhuetie. – By Jerome Lagunzad
LYCEUM (64) – Caduyac 15, Nzeusseu 11, Alban 8, Bulawan 6, Alanes 6, Gabayni 6, Rubite 5, Ayaay 2, Marata 2, Serafico 2, Malabanan 1, Baltazar 0, Soliman 0
PERPETUAL HELP (61) – Akhuetie 21, Dagangon 11, Coronel 8, Ylagan 6, Singontiko 5, Pido 5, Sadiwa 3, Gallardo 2, Eze 0, Dizon 0
Quarterscores: 12-17, 27-24, 43-43, 64-61