Wednesday, 3 June 2009 18 Comments
LYCEUM University proved it was no fluke and showed De La Salle University the door in the 2009 Nike Summer League.
It took two overtime periods for the Pirates to defeat the UAAP powerhouse for the second time in the tournament and book their place in the quarterfinal round via a 73-72 squeaker last June 2 at the FEU Gym.
Lyceum, which trailed by as much as 13 points early in the game, had nothing to lose as it climbed back into the game and forced the Green Archers to commit turnovers in the second quarter.
It was at the 1:06 mark of the third period that Lyceum first grabbed the lead through a Reggie Rimando basket. A see-saw battle ensued thereafter with Lyceum leading by as many as seven points â€“ their biggest in the game â€“ with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter. The game momentarily ground to a halt after technical fouls were slapped on Lyceumâ€™s Jerard Ong and DLSUâ€™s Simon Atkins. Five straight points by Peejay Barua and a two-pointer by Kish Co forced a 58-all deadlock after 40 minutes of action.
In the first overtime period, La Salle drew first blood but was held scoreless in the last three minutes, giving Lyceum the chance to rattle in five straight points to force another extra five minutes.
Down the stretch in the second overtime, the Pirates missed a total of four free throws. At the 1:19 mark, Lyceum increased its lead to five thanks to a three-pointer by Joseph Abaya. This was canceled out by Peejay Baruaâ€™s own trey, which trimmed the DLSU deficit to two, 73-71, with 1:06 remaining. Green Archer playmaker LA Revilla was then sent to the free throw line with 35 ticks left and split his charities to cut the Pirate lead to one, 73-72.
The Intramuros-based squadâ€™s failure to convert in the ensuing possession gave DLSU the opportunity to take the game. However, Revilla failed to set a play in the final 15 seconds, handing Lyceum the last quarterfinal ticket and a matchup with San Beda College.
Abaya topscored for the Pirates with 25 points while Chris Aqualiful added 15 points and 17 rebounds. Barua, on the other hand, had 22 markers for the Green and White.
Lyceum-Manila 73 â€“ Abaya 25, Aqualiful 15, Rimando 10, Guevarra 8, Difuntorum 8, Anactia 5, Ong 2, Cayabyab 0, Mendoza 0.
De La Salle 72 — Barua 22, Bagatsing 9, Malabes 9, Villanueva 8, Mangahas 7, Co 6, Revilla 5, Mendoza 3, Tolentino 2, Atkins 0, Webb 0, Marata 0, Andrada 0, Banal 0.
Quarter scores: 13-20, 25-28, 44-39, 61-61 (1st OT), 66-66 (2nd OT), 73-72.