Pirates upset Knights with great finish
Looking to die in the water soon, the Lyceum on Sunday came back to life in the second half against Letran as the Pirates rose from 19 points down to beat the defending champion Knights, 82-75, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. at the San Juan Arena.
It was the fifth consecutive 5-1 win for the Pirates, who fell behind, 32-13, in the second round, before pulling it all together to beat the failed Knights. second in a row in a 3-3 card.
Arellano, meanwhile, stopped Mapua’s late rise to a 64-59 win earlier.
Shane Menina drilled the game’s biggest basket, a three-step backward to give the Chiefs a 64-56 lead in the final 28.7 seconds as the Chiefs rose to 4-3 while adding to the Cardinals’ woes. Mapua, previously whose only win was lost to an ineligible player, dropped to a 0-7 record.
“This is a very difficult match. We know Letran is the defending champion so they have the heart of one. We also showed hearts to match their belligerence,” said Lyceum head coach Gilbert Malabanan.
The score was tied with 73 as John Barba drilled three seconds remaining 1:51 to give the Pirates the lead to stay.
Mac Guadaña added to the Pirates’ run with a slip plus a steal to sink two free throws 80-73. He finished with a game-high 20 with three threes.
Barba and Gyle Montaño scored 12 goals for the Lyceum, while Enzo Navarro added 11.
The Knights still have no suspended players, Brent Paraiso and Louie Sangalang.
Fran Yu overcame Letran with 18 points. INQ
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