January 16, 2018, 11:16 pm
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Pirates keep streak going, edge Generals

LYCEUM overcame the ejection of coach Topex Robinson and a gallant stand by Emilio Aguinaldo College yesterday to sustain its winning streak via a 97-93 victory in the 93rd NCAA basketball tournament at the EAC Gym in Manila.

Robinson was ejected midway in the second quarter for excessive complaining but it didn’t stop the Pirates from registering their seventh straight victory.

Jaycee Marcelino and CJ Perez fired 20 points each, combining for 12 points in the critical stretch of the fourth quarter to hand the Generals their third defeat in six games, good for joint third with Letran.

Marcelino struck the hardest, scoring in transition off an error by Francis Munsayac with seven seconds left.

Marcelino said they just refused to lose, adding: “Ayaw ko matalo kasi nasaktan kami nu’ng nawala si coach.”

The Generals earlier received bad news that 6-foot-9 Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou is out for the rest of the season with a tornright ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). It didn’t help that the Generals’ two other big men–Sydney Onwubere and Jeric
Diego–fouled out in the fourth quarter.

EAC, however, showed a big fighting heart and clawed its way back to within two points at 93-95 after Bugarin blocked Perez and forced a jump ball with 34 seconds left.

But the Generals blew their chances as Raymund Pascua missed an off-balanced jumper from the left baseline and Munsayac, who scored a game-best 26 points, turned from hero to goat when he lost control of the ball that paved the way for the
decisive basket by Marcelino.

Lyceum made it a double win, with its juniors squad routing the EAC juniors 111-77.
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