Lyceum-Cavite dodges upset ax in 2019 NBTC Nationals Seeding Round
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 18, 2019 05:56 PM
Mac Guadana had the help of John Barba in leading LPU past competitive Holy Trinity-GenSan (Photo courtesy of NBTC)
Mac Guadana and John Barba steered Lyceum-Cavite to a 74-71 squeaker over Holy Trinity College-General Santos to start their campaign on a high note in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals presented by SM Monday morning at SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Guadana fired 24 points, six rebounds, six assists, and three steals, as Barba poured 23 points, none bigger than his go-ahead bucket in the final 10 seconds, on top of seven boards and three assists as they helped the Junior Pirates avert a 22-point meltdown in the Seeding Round.
The win allowed Lyceum-Cavite to lock down the 28-seed, setting up a first round collision with 5-seed Ateneo de Manila High School in the national high school championship sponsored by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten.
Kyle Buen still had a shot to give the Wildcats the lead, but went way short in his floater that led to Jae Omandac sealing the deal at the free throw line.
HTC-GenSan settled for the 29-seed after the loss and will meet 4-seed San Beda.
In the other games, University of Baguio outsteadied Dolores National High School-Eastern Samar, 68-56, to claim the 27-seed; Narvacan National High School-Candon stunned Isabella Colleges-Cauayan, 80-74, to lock down the 25-seed; and Sta. Clarita International School-Iloilo fought back to frustrate Zamboanga del Sur National High School-Pagadian, 99-88, to clinch the 26-seed.The 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals presented by SM will feature 32 teams composed of league champions, perennial contenders, regional titlists, and a record-six international teams.
The week-long tournament from March 18 to 24 will be free of admission, with fans needing just a valid ID to enter the SM Mall of Asia Arena.