MAKATI CITY – After seven-year wait, Lyceum of Subic Bay formally returned to the fold of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities with an 84-74 mastery of AMA University Monday (August 29) at the Makati Coliseum. After copping Third Place in the Ninth NAASCU in 2009, the Sharks took a leave of absence before reactivating their membership earlier this year.
Obviously, no member of the 2009 squad was still around but Coach Kerwin McCoy remained at the helm and he introduced a new generation of Sharks led by guard Allen Fomera who sizzled with 10 of his team-high 24 points to repel the Titans’ repeated rallies.
AMA threatened for the last time, 66-67, courtesy of Mike de Guzman stab with 6:22 to play. However, Fomera hit a pair of triples as part of a crippling 12-1 run that gave Lyceum a comfortable 79-67 cushion with four minutes on the clock.
Carl Michael Lumbao then completed a crucial three-point at the 1:13 mark and just as the 24-second shot clock rang to snuff AMA’s final stand, 82-74. Edsel Saludo then sealed the outcome with two free throws.
Lumbao ably supported Fomera with seven of his 13 points in the fourth period. Kevin Pelaez also hit twin digits with 10.
Daniel Salonga paced AMA with 10 of his 18 points in the third period. Jerome Ortega likewise hit 10 points in third to finish with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Just like the Sharks, the Titans are also coming off a leave of absence that began after the completion of the 12th NAASCU but AMA dropped its opening day assignment against Saint Clare College, 67-82. The Sharks’ leave was slightly extended after their opening day game against Philippine Christian University was reset to a date to be announced soon.
How They Scored:
LYCEUM OF SUBIC BAY (84) – Fomera 24, Lumbao 13, Pelaez 10, San Luis 8, del Rosario 7 Timpog 7, Saludo 4, Siewe 4, Hansen 3, Alcantara 2, Castillo 2, Jacaban 0, Santos 0, Falaminiano 0.
A M A (74) – Salonga 18, Ortega 17, Jordan 16, Magpantay 8, Macaranas 6, de Guzman 5, Calma 4, Dulnoan 0, Fuentes 0, Quijano 0.
Period Scores: 20-19, 38-33, 61-57, 84-74.