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Lyceum’s Enoch Valdez soars for a layup in opposition to the Arellano Chiefs. -NCAA Picture

MANILA, Philippines—If Friday’s match was any indication, it simply confirmed the newfound character of Lyceum within the NCAA Season 99 males’s basketball match.

The Pirates hiked their profitable streak to 5 after defeating Arellano, 89-77, at San Juan Enviornment on Friday however they wanted a complete lot of effort to intestine it out.

For one, coach Gilbert Malabanan’s wards trailed by as a lot as 24 and needed to drive 5 further minutes of time beyond regulation to maintain their file unblemished in opposition to a feisty Chiefs staff, who have been undefeated after 4 video games.

“I believe it reveals our character. That’s primary. We didn’t quit till the ultimate buzzer and that’s the nice factor. Everybody, even when the lead was massive, they by no means give up,” stated Malabanan.

“The arrogance raised with my gamers in time beyond regulation as a result of at first, they have been hesitant to shoot and create with their resolution making however when time beyond regulation got here, they bought their rhythm and that’s the nice factor.”

The hesitancy that Malabanan spoke of put the Pirates in a troublesome place on the intermission as they trailed, 48-29.

They, nevertheless, flipped the swap within the second half and restricted the Chiefs to solely 9 factors within the third quarter to trim the deficit to eight, 57-49, earlier than the payoff interval.


Mclaude Guadaña capped off the comeback run in regulation with a steal and a triple to tie the sport at 75-all with 14.5 left.

Time beyond regulation, nevertheless, confirmed a a lot completely different Lyceum staff–one that’s extremely fueled by belief.

“I simply informed them that we couldn’t give up, we should always battle till the top. I’ve belief in everybody… [the] good factor is, all of us have been engaged and on one web page so we bought the win which we actually labored arduous for,” stated captain Enoch Valdez, who completed with a game-high double-double of 26 factors and 14 rebounds.

The Pirates’ protection stifled the Chiefs within the further body, hounding Arellano to only two factors within the rubber interval.

John Bravo’s time to shine couldn’t have are available in a greater time as all of his made triples have been sank in time beyond regulation, ending with 14 markers and 9 boards. Guadaña additionally helped Lyceum snag the dub with 20 factors.

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Lorenz Capulong’s double-double effort of 13 factors and 12 rebounds was put to waste whereas Danielle Mallari additionally had 11 markers in a dropping effort.

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