Lyceum sparks huge second-half run to beat EAC

MANILA, Philippines - Even though Lyceum of the Philippines University’s hopes of entering the Final Four in the ongoing NCAA Season 91 basketball tourney have already been dashed, the Pirates trumped the undermanned Emilio Aguinaldo College, 59-45, on Thursday, September 24 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

Cameroonian import Jean Nguidjol led Topex Robinson’s Intramuros-based brigaded with a double-double feat of 16 points and 14 rebound to improve the team’s win-loss standing to 4-12 in the double-round robin eliminations.

Aside from Nguidjol, third-year guard MJ Ayaay also contributed to Lyceum’s victory over EAC with 19 markers and boards.

EAC only fielded 9 players as Jeric Diego, Sidney Onwubere and Raymund Pascua were suspended for an off-court altercation that occurred at a parking lot of the aforementioned venue on Tuesday, September 22.

Francis Munsayac mustered 11 baskets, while Christ Mejos and Laminou Hamadou scored 10 markers each for the Generals, who downgraded to a 2-14 record.

Lyceum got down to business in the second half to bury EAC as Nguidjol had his way in attacking the rim, including two-handed slam off an alleyoop.

In addition, EAC had a poor shooting in the final frame as Andy De Guzman’s troop was limited to a seven-point output.

To compound the misery, EAC lost Jefferson Mallari, who was thrown out for secondary motion on Nguidjol.


Lyceum (59) - Nguidjol 16, Ayaay 10, Baltazar 7, Sunga 4, Lacastesantos 4, Taladua 4, Gabayni 3, Alanes 3, Malabanan 2, Marata 2, Elmejrab 2, Bulawan 2, Soliman 0, Mbbida 0

EAC (45) - Munsayac 11, Mejos 10, Hamadou 10, Estacio 6, General 4, Bonleon 3, Mallari 1, Pascual 0, Corilla 0.

Quarter scores: 12-6, 22-25, 39-38, 59-45. –