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  1. #61
    Lyceum snaps out of two-game MBL losing skid with romp against St. Dominic

    LYCEUM used a strong second-quarter run to bring down St. Dominic College of Asia, 71-59, and stay in contention in the 2014 MBL Open basketball championship at the Lyceum gym in Intramuros, Manila.

    Joemari Lacastesantos scored 10 of his 15 points and Renzo Tapoc added six points as the Pirates outscored the Red Pikes, 25-8, in a dominant second quarter that turned a close contest into a rout.

    The Intramuros-based Pirates then established several 20-point leads before holding off the Red Pikes' determined comeback in the final quarter.

    The win enabled the Pirates to end a two-game losing skid and improve to 2-2 in this tournament supported by Smart Sports, Ironcon Builders, Dickies Underwear, PRC Couriers and Zucchero Cafe.

    Lyceum also won over Our Lady of Fatima University befor elosing back-to-back games to Sea Lions and Wang's Ballclub.

    Jerrick Mpoia scattered 11 points and Sherwin Lao added nine points for St. Dominic, which debuted with a 65-52 win over Polytechnic University of the Philippines last April 26.

    But Norvee Monzon, the hero in St. Dominic's win over PUP with 20 points, was limited to only five by Lyceum's tight defense.

    The scores:

    Lyceum (71) - Lacastesantos 15, Ong 14, Lesmoras 9, Soliman 7, Tapoc 6, Lacap 6, Ambohot 4, Lumberio 4, Evangelista 2, Mendoza 2, Sunga 2, Tiongco 0.

    St. Dominic (59) - Mopia 11, Lao 9, Aragon 7, Sales 6, Monzon 5, Commandante 5, Frani 5, De Leon 4, Del Roario 3, De los Reyes 0, Regala 0, Camia 0, Mez 0.

    Quarterscores: 15-18, 40-26, 61-40, 71-59.

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  2. #62
    Pirates' NCAA fortunes expected to turn for better with arrival of three big men

    LYCEUM is confident its basketball team can finally contend in the coming NCAA tournament with three rookie big men led by Joseph Gabayni now eligible this season.

    Pirates assistant coach Glen Capacio said the previously-undersized Pirates squad will definitely get a boost with the frontcourt presence of Gabayni, Christian Pamulaklakin, and Jebb Bulawan for Season 90 of the league.

    “We don’t have a big man in the last few years,” said Capacio. “This time, meron kaming Gabayni, Pamulaklakin, and Bulawan. So malaking addition sila. They are rookies, pero big help sa team namin.”

    Notably getting a lot of playing minutes with the Pirates is the 6-foot-5 Gabayni, a 20-year-old transferee from University of Santo Tomas who has been suiting up for the team in several preseason tournaments.

    Capacio believes the three can help the Pirates finally match up with traditional NCAA powers, particularly four-time reigning champion San Beda which has big Nigerian center Ola Adeogun manning the middle.

    “Last few years, wala kaming big man. Malaking bagay ito para maka-match up kami especially sa San Beda na meron silang Adeogun. Kaya malaking addition talaga,” Capacio said.

    Gabayni is now eligible to play for Lyceum after being part of the UST Tigers pool team in 2012, before undergoing a one-year NCAA residency after transferring to the Pirates.

    Gabayni, a Taytay native, made it to the UST pool despite being a relatively unknown in basketball circuits. He was already eligible to play for the Tigers in 2012, but failed to make it to the team’s UAAP lineup.

    “May nakakita sa akin na referee sa amin, pinapunta ako sa isang school tapos lumipat ako sa UST,” said Gabayni.

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  3. #63
    Lyceum Pirates drub PUP as Fatima pulls off MBL stunner against Sea Lions

    LYCEUM (79) – Ko 18, Ong 12, Taladua 9, Zamora 8, Lesmoras 7, Soliman 6, Lacastesantos 4, Evangelista 4, Lacap 4, Alanes 3, Baltazar 2, Ambohot 2, Natividad 0

    PUP (56) – Are 27, Navor 7, Santos 5, Bondoc 4, Martinez 4, Almadin 4, Sta. Maria 2, Aboamame 2, Mandem 1, Mangulabnan 0, Perez 0, Flores 0

    Quarterscores: 19-15, 35-27, 62-43, 79-56

  4. #64
    Lyceum coach Tan denies Pirates insulted Ola Adeogun with a racial slur. 'That's impossible'

    From: Reuben Terrado

    COACH Bonnie Tan on Monday made known that Lyceum will not tolerate racism as he denied allegations that one of his players taunted San Beda Nigerian center Ola Adeogun with a slur during their Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup game over the weekend.

    Tan insisted no Pirates player hurled a racial insult against the towering Adeogun during a highly-physical encounter between him and Paul Pamulaklakin during the fourth quarter.

    The coach stressed the Pirates will be the last team to do such a discriminating act towards an opponent since Lyceum also has a foreign player in the person of Cameroonian Guy Mbida.

    “That’s impossible,” said Tan when asked for his side by Spin.ph regarding the issue on Monday.

    “Una sa lahat, may foreign player din kami. Well-accepted na ‘yung foreign players dito sa collegiate league. Kung racist tayo, dapat hindi na tayo in the first place kumuha ng foreign player.”

    “Puwede mong tanungin ‘yung mga foreign players namin kung naging racist ba kami. Eh di sana umalis na sila sa amin,” said Tan, who is of Chinese descent.

    San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez claimed after the game which San Beda won, 80-56, that a Lyceum player issued a racial slur towards Adeogun, though he didn’t mention who made the insult and what was told to his prized player.

    But the Nigerian center was so exasperated after the incident that witnesses heard him blurting out, “Ayoko ng maglaro sa Pilipinas,” while on his way to the dugout.

    Adeogun had been a victim of racial discrimination before after a staff of Cagayan Valley in the PBA D-League was suspended for 10 games for his controversial banana taunt on the Nigerian player.

    In light of Fernandez’s claim, Tan said he also believes that racism has no place in basketball. He will also be the first person to discourage any racial acts by his players, Tan added.

    “Hindi namin i-totolerate ‘yan dahil hindi naman maganda sa isang tao na dina-down because of his nationality. Ako nga Chinese, eh di ako ‘yung nagalit sa kanila,” said Tan.

    Instead, the Lyceum coach chided the quality of officiating which he said was inconsistent during the game, even citing that one of his players, Rhoel Maconocido, was charged with a technical foul without being issued any warning.

    “Actually, ang puwede pa ngang masabing nagdi-discriminate is ‘yung referees. Isang beses lang umangal si Maco (Maconocido) na pinapatino natin, na-technical agad,” said Tan.

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  5. #65
    Lyceum Pirates boost bid for quarterfinals, keep Philippine Under-18 squad winless

    The scores:

    LPU (89) – Gabayni 18, Zamora 16, Ko 13, Maconocido 10, Bulawan 9, Baltazar 9, Azores 6, Mbida 4, Malabanan 2, Soliman 2, Pamulaklakin 0, Taladua 0, Lacastesantos 0.

    Philippines U18 (67) – Caracut 23, Asilum 12, Yu 9, Tongco 8, Desiderio 7, Go 4, Escoto 3, Subido 1, Rivero 0, Manguera 0, Balanza 0, Armenion 0, San Juan 0.

    Quarterscores: 18-12; 47-26; 69-51; 89-67.

  6. #66
    Pirates inch closer to 'wildcard' Filoil quarterfinal berth by turning back Knights

    LPU (66) – Zamora 12, Mbida 12, Maconocido 12, Ko 10, Bulawan 5, Baltazar 3, Gabayni 3, Lesmoras 3, Taladua 3, Azores 2, Soliman 1, Pamulaklakin 0.

    Letran (64) – Gabawan 12, Quinto 10, Publico 9, Nambatac 6, Ruaya 6, Luib 5, Singontiko 5, Calvo 4, Apreku 3, Pantin 2, Sumalakay 2, Saldua 0, Dela Pena 0, Castro 0, Po 0.

    Quarterscores: 15-9; 28-27; 50-44; 66-64.

  7. #67
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    After comfortably leading for the majority of the second half, Lyceum of the Philippines University managed to survive a last-minute collapse and escape their matchup against the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights with a 66-64 victory on Friday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

    The Pirates controlled the game through a balanced offensive attack as four different players scored in double-digits. Dexter Zamora, Guy Mbida and Rhoel Maconocido all scored a game-high 12 points. The Pirates were particularly potent from the three-point line, hitting nine of their 26 three-pointers.

    The win gives Lyceum a record of 4-2, putting them squarely in third place of Group B of the FIlOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, behind the group’s two unbeaten teams, the San Beda Red Lions and the FEU Tamaraws.

    Lyceum’s 4-2 record gives them a very strong chance to squeeze into the quarterfinals as a wild card team. The loss drops Letran to a 2-3 record, fourth in the group.

    Playing without star players Mark Cruz and Kevin Racal, the Knights had a difficulty creating offense for one another, totaling just four assists. Matched up against an imposing Lyceum big man rotation, the Knights failed to find easy baskets in the paint and shot a dismal 36 percent inside the arc.

    Letran's outside shooting was an even bigger issue, as the Knights hit just one three-pointer out of 18 attempts.

    Despite their struggles from the field, the Knights kept pace with the Pirates through a steady stream of free throws, hitting 31 of their 42 attempts which accounted for nearly half of their offensive output.

    Lyceum kept the Knights at arms length, maintaining a comfortable eight-point cushion for the majority of the second half. But the Pirates kept their oppenents in the game by committing 20 turnovers, seven of which were credited to point guard Zamora.

    Those missed opportunities nearly cost the Pirates the game in the final two minutes. After Mbida's steal and layup spotted the Pirates a 10-point lead at the 2:06 mark, the Pirates failed to score another field goal. McJour Luib's layup cut the lead to eight, followed by a Lyceum turnover and layup by Jamil Gabawan.

    Bong Quinto finished an and one opportunity with 43 seconds left to put them within three points. After Rey Nambatac's layup cut the lead to one at the 9.7 second mark, the Pirates turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds play. However, Gabawan's floating outlet pass was intercepted by Lyceum's Joseph Gabayani who was promptly fouled with 2.3 seconds remaining.

    After making the first free throw, Gabayani intentionally missed the second attempt to burn the remaining time off the clock. "I want the players to learn from this. I want my players to learn how to play in the end game and how to win games," said Lyceum head coach Bonnie Tan. "We weren't able to sustain our lead but we'll take this win." - JDL, GMA News


  8. #68
    Unbeaten CEU Scorpions reach Filoil Cup semis after romp against Lyceum Pirates

    From: Reuben Terrado

    SAMBOY De Leon scored 14 points, Mon Abundo added 12 and Centro Escolar University continued its unbeaten run with a 64-51 win over Lyceum in the quarterfinals of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on Monday at The Arena in San Juan.

    Rodrigue Ebondo had 11 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks as the Scorpions sustained their winning ways all the way to the playoffs.

    CEU, which won all its six games in Group C preliminaries, will face the winner of Wednesday’s San Beda-National University tiff in the semifinal round.

    Azez Mbomiko finished with 12 points while Dexter Zamora had 11 points for the eighth-seeded Pirates.

    The scores:

    CEU (64) – De Leon 14, Abundo 12, Ebondo 11, Sedurifa 9, Batino 8, Jeruta 4, Casino 3, Opiso 2, Banua 1, Mutombo 0, Anunciacion 0.

    Lyceum (51) – Mbomiko 12, Zamora 11, Mbida 9, Ko 6, Maconocido 4, Azores 3, Bulawan 3, Taladua 2, Lesmoras 1, Baltazar 0, Soliman 0, Pamulaklakin 0, Lacastesantos 0.

    Quarterscores: 22-12, 37-29, 50-38, 64-51.

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  9. #69
    NCAA PREVIEW: Lyceum Pirates keen to prove they belong in final probationary year

    From: Karlo Sacamos

    2013 finish: tied with Arellano in sixth spot (8-10 win-loss); missed Final Four

    Key losses: Arwin Azores, Mark Francisco

    Key additions: Joseph Gabayni, Guy Mbida, Rhoel Maconocido

    Key holdovers: Dexter Zamora, Shane Ko, Aziz Mbomiko, Wilson Baltazar, Tirso Lesmoras Jr., Jeremiah Taladua

    CAN the giant killer emerge as one of the giants this time?

    An underdog that pulled off upsets once in a while last season of the NCAA, Lyceum is hoping to earn a loftier tag as a contender this year.

    The Pirates were the only non-Final Four squad to beat all semifinalists at least once and one of just three teams to knock down mighty San Beda in the eliminations last season.

    Now, the Intramuros-based cagers are eager to show they deserve to be a regular member in the league, aiming for no less than a Final Four finish in their final probationary year in the country’s oldest collegiate league.

    “Four years of existence is enough to ambition a Final Four status,” said Pirates coach Bonnie Tan, whose squad ruled minor leagues before deciding to join the big boys of the NCAA. “It’s a challenge for us.”

    It seems the Pirates have the pieces to accomplish their mission.

    Literally, the Pirates have turned ihto “giants” with the addition of four rookie big men that stand at least 6-4, including former University of Santo Tomas high school stalwart Joseph Gabayni and Guy Mbida, the squad’s second Cameroonian standout after Aziz Mbomiko.

    “Pag dating sa height, medyo palaban na tayo,” Tan said.

    But the Pirates' offense still revolves around their prolific guards, bannered by of Dexter Zamora and Shane Ko, who will now joined by another top recruit in College of St. Benilde transferee Rhoel Maconocido, while wingman Wilson Baltazar appears poised for a breakout year in his second season.

    The Pirates have also upgraded outside their playing roster with the entry of former PBA and UAAP mentor Glenn Capacio, who will serve as Tan’s chief deputy and bolster a coaching staff that already has Alfrancis Chua as consultant.

  10. #70
    LPU now by 9, going on a run.

  11. #71
    Chiefs only down by 4, entertaining, fast paced game so far.

  12. #72
    Baltazar with 15.

  13. #73
    LPU by 8, dapat ibalik na si Nichols.

  14. #74
    Chiefs with 26 pts in the third.

  15. #75
    Lyceum just struggling to make any shot.

  16. #76
    4 mins left in the game Chiefs by 12.

  17. #77

  18. #78
    Arellano wins 93-80

  19. #79
    Departure of Cameroonian standouts a big blow, say Lyceum's local stars

    LYCEUM players admitted the recent departure of Aziz Mbomiko and Guy Mbida is going to be a heavy blow to the Pirates campaign in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

    Eager to show they deserve to become regular members in the country’s oldest collegiate league, the Pirates appeared poised to achieve their goal with a much improved lineup led by the Cameroonians this season.

    But the foreigners were dropped from the squad before Season 90 even started after a disagreement over “demands.”

    And the Pirates evidently missed their presence in their opening game of the season, an 80-93 loss to Arellano on Monday at The Arena in San Juan.

    “Both ends of the court malaking kawalan sila,” Pirates star guard Dexter Zamora said. “Si Aziz, isa sa mga leaders, dahil sa kanya na-mo-motivate kami dumepensa.”

    Without Mbomiko and Mbida, rookie big man Joseph Gabayni was thrust into a bigger role. And the 6-foot-4 slotman didn’t disappoint as he registered eight points, 11 boards, and five blocks in 27 minutes.

    “Pero nahirapan rin ako mag-adjust kasi I’ve been playing the five all the time kasi ako lang yung big man na kaya maglaro ng five eh,” Gabayni admitted.

    “Nung nawala sila (Cameroonian forwards), sumabog kami,” Gabayni added. “Kailangan namin mag-adjust (as a team) ulit.”

    Still, Zamora still saw positives from the loss against the Chiefs as the 11-man Pirates managed to build and a keep a cushion until late in their third quarter, where Arellano turned the game around.

    “Nakikita ko na kaya naman ng team manalo. Yung nga lang kinapos kami,” said Zamora, who had 13 points, five assists, and three boards.

    “Lahat dapat kami mag-step up dahil nawala yung dalawa,” the heady playmaker added. “Syempre hindi naman kaya ng isang tao lang yan eh. Kailangan team pa rin kami.”

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    LPu fell into a maze of errors at the end of the first. Down by 8.

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