MANILA, Philippines – Lyceum remained atop the standings after slipping past Perpetual Help (76-73) in the NCAA Season 99 men’s basketball tournament last Saturday at the San Juan Arena.
After beating last year’s finalist College of St. Benilde and defending champion Letran in their first two games, the Pirates had to dig deep and stay calm late in the game against an Altas match.
“All coach GM told us was that the game isn’t over until the buzzer sounds, so we didn’t stop until the end. That was his main motto for us: don’t stop until the final buzzer,” Lyceum big man Shawn Umali said in Filipino.
Despite the flawless start, Umali said the team is not looking at the standings to avoid overconfidence.
“We don’t even look at where we are. All we are doing today is celebrating this victory and tomorrow we will get straight to work.”
In another exciting finish for the Pirates, Umali’s putback and Vince Cunanan’s free throws kept the Altas at bay.
Enoch Valdez led Lyceum with 13 points and six rebounds, while Umali finished with seven points and eight rebounds.
Mark Omega’s double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds and Jielo Razon’s 14 points and seven rebounds were lost for the Altas.