SAN JUAN City – Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite scored a monumental upset against perennial high school powerhouse San Beda College-Rizal, 81-78, and rock the Juniors Division of the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Friday (May 7) at the San Juan Arena. It was sweet victory for a team that would usually get blown off the court by the same side by an average of 75.5 points over the last five NCAA seasons, including a 14-171 annihilation in 2012.
Erlan Umpad, a 16-year old 6’8” discovery from Bacoor City, literally stood tall above the opposition as he scattered 21 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks against the more seasoned San Beda frontline. Point guard Jun Cecilio, the only remnant from the school’s first ever NCAA team in 2011, added 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists while defensive anchor Makki Santos had 13 points and 16 rebounds.
“The team is maturing,” said Coach LA Mumar. “When I came aboard in 2014, we did not go for quick fixes and recruited 15-year olds as we build for the future and we are slowly getting there.”
One of those young recruits back then, Maclaude Guadana, starred together with Umpad in a critical fourth period run that saw the Junior Pirates rush ahead by 11 points with 3:52 to play on two free throws by Santos, 75-64. Prince Etrata and Robi Nayve then led an intense San Beda uprising to cut the deficit to a field goal at the 14-second mark after a Samuel Abuhijle free throw split, 78-80.
Umpad then gave the Red Cubs an opening after he split his charities in the ensuing sequence, 81-78. However, the Red Cubs failed to capitalize as Evan Nelle missed two attempts from the three-point line that could have sent the game into overtime.
Abuhijleh paced the Red Cubs with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Adie Velasquez was next with13 points and eight rebounds as they levelled their win-loss card at 1-1.
Coach Mumar is very optimistic of his big boy Umpad, an incoming Grade 11 pupil, who he describes as the symbol of the program’s progress. “Erlan once asked me why he wasn’t being talked about like the current crop of young basketball giants sprouting up these days – my response to him was to work extra hard for him to get noticed,” he said.
Still Coach Mumar warned that this is only the preseason. Things are expected to be very different once the 92nd NCAA wars commence on June 25.
How They Scored:
LYCEUM-CAVITE (81) – Umpad 21, Cecilio 16, Santos 13, Figueroa 10, Guadana 10, Cunanan 7, Jungco 4, Manuel 0, Udal 0, Wong 0, Salazar 0.
SAN BEDA-RIZAL (78) – Abuhijleh 22, Velasquez 13, Nayve 9, Mahinay 9, Etrata 8, Sese 8, Nelle 6, de la Rosa 6, Tagala 1, Obenza 0, Barbero 0, Alfaro 0, Lagumen 0.
Period Scores: 16-21, 37-41, 59-60, 81-78.