LPU clamps down on UP to come away with Got Skills title

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 09, 2017 01:36 PM
LPU clamps down on UP to come away with Got Skills title
Photo courtesy of Milcu Got Skills Tournament

Running and gunning all tournament long, Lyceum is the last team standing in the 2017 Milcu Got Skills Elite Basketball Showcase.

Putting the University of the Philippines inside a pressure cooker for the all of the knockout Finals last Sunday at the Buddha Care Gym in Quezon City, the Pirates came away with an 89-81 decision that crowned them as kings.

Carl Lumbao and Greco Magbuhos showed the way in terms of scoring with 14 and 13 points, respectively, but there wasn’t any doubt that the entire LPU crew did their part.

Tirelessly executing full-court pressure, they squeezed out 32 turnovers from the Fighting Maroons which were then quickly converted to 37 big points.

Those were more than enough to offset Filipino-American David Murell’s 30-point explosion as well as Bright Akhuetie’s 19-point, 24-rebound double-double for State U.

Lyceum was one of the top teams throughout the tournament and entered the championship round after routing overachieving De Ocampo Memorial College.

Now, the once overlooked team had made its mark with a well-earned championship.

On the other hand, UP settles for a runner-up finish following a dominant preliminary round and then a convincing victory versus Letran in the semifinals.

Still, Akhuetie and company have proven there is indeed reason for hope in Diliman.

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