Lyceum snaps five-game skid at expense of EAC
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 13, 2015 04:19 PM
MUCH-NEEDED. Joseph Gabayni and Lyceum avoided being alone at the bottom of the standings after the first round.
Lyceum of the Philippines University has finally put an end to what was the longest losing streak in the NCAA 91 Men's Basketball Tournament.
The Pirates surrendered only 11 points while scoring 22 in the opening period and held on all the way until the end for a 69-55 triumph over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals on Thursday at the San Juan Arena.
In the first half, the Pirates stymied their opponents into 27 percent shooting and collared 31 rebounds with 14 coming at the offensive end. In contrast, the Generals had a total of 14 boards after two quarters.
EAC threatened at 41-47 early in the final frame, but Lyceum pulled off a 13-2 counter to remount a 60-43 advantage inside the last five minutes. Inside forces Vic Nguidjol and Joseph Gabayni teamed up for 23 points and 21 rebounds to allow the Pirates to end the first round at 2-7.
Talking about ending the first round on a positive note, coach Topex Robinson said in his post-game conference, “We just kept playing. This end (to the first round) will be a good start for us.”
Francis Munsayac hit the back-to-back triples that pushed the Generals to the closest they reached, but his total of 15 points fell short in stopping his team from dropping to 2-7.
LYCEUM 69 – Nguidjol 12, Gabayni 11, Baltazar 10, Alanes 9, Ayaay 8, Lugo 8, Bulawan 6, Mbida 5, Sunga 0, Malabanan 0, Soliman 0, Lacastesantos 0
EAC 55 – Munsayac 15, Hamadou 8, Pascua 6, Corilla 6, Morada 5, Onwubere 5, Bonleon 4, Diego 4, Pascual 2, General 0, Mallari 0
QUARTER SCORES: 22-11, 40-25, 49-41, 69-55
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