Ateneo, LPU, Baste complete cast for PCCL semifinals

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 10, 2018 10:08 PM
Ateneo, LPU, Baste complete cast for PCCL semifinals
Thirdy Ravena and UAAP champion Ateneo are into the next round of the PCCL

UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University and NCAA powers Lyceum of the Philippines University and San Sebastian College-Recoletos are still in contention to be called the best collegiate team in the country.

The three teams all won their assignments on Saturday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig to assure themselves of a top two finish in their respective groups in the Elite Eight of the 2018 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL).

The Blue Eagles were under siege by the University of Visayas before Gian Mamuyac came through to fuel their fightback which eventually ended as a 91-81 win.

Mamuyac scored 15 points in 67 percent shooting on top of two rebounds and one steal as the UAAP champions rode a 31-point third quarter all the way to a 2-0 record in the group stages.

Tying them in the standings are the Pirates who stamped their class on Southern Luzon champion Naga College Foundation, 92-84.

CJ Perez did his thing and collected 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals and was backstopped by Ralph Tansingco who had 17 markers of his own.

LPU and Ateneo are both undefeated through two games, but will meet one other on Sunday as they close out their assignments in the group stages.

Whoever wins there will become the top-seed for Group A while the loser will become the two-seed.

The two seeds from Group A will then move onto a crossover knockout matchup with the two seeds from Group B.

The top-seed from the other group is NCAA king San Beda College while the two-seed belongs to the Golden Stags who made quick work of Holy Trinity College of General Santos, 93-75.

Allyn Bulanadi erupted for 31 points and waxed hot from start to finish to lead Baste to a second consecutive victory following a loss to open the group stages.

They finish this round with a 2-1 record.

The 2-0 Red Lions still have one more assignment against De La Salle University Team B, but that game will no longer have any bearing as they are already locked into the top-seed of Group B by virtue of their triumph over San Sebastian last Friday.


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