OLONGAPO CITY – Playing in front of their home fans at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Gym gave Lyceum of Subic Bay a big boost as they repelled visiting De Ocampo Memorial College, 110-100, in continuing action from the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Saturday evening (September 17). The Sharks employed an effective defense on the visitors’ key players and kept enough energy to hold off the late rally.
Coach Kerwin McCoy rotated several taller defenders on DOMC leader Dahrell Caranguian as the high-scoring guard was limited to an unbelievable two points in the first half. The result was a 53-33 Sharks lead at halftime with forward Edsel Saludo leading the balanced attack with 12 markers.
The defensive first half suddenly turned into a shootout as LSB extended their lead to as high as 25 points in the third period, 79-54. However, the fast scoring pace tended to favor the Cobras in the long run as they launched a searing comeback in the fourth period.
Caranguian finally got his scoring act going and it also rubbed on to teammates Nino Macasling, Redel Fabro, Igi Boy Sabasaje and Junar Wenceslao. Caranguian’s disqualification on fouls with 1:12 to go further fired up the Cobras as Sabasaje’s triple but them within six points with 17 seconds to go, 100-106.
The rally though fell short as Macasling was slapped a flagrant foul in the ensuing play and Ian Castillo made his two free throws. Possession stayed with the Sharks and Carl Michael Lumbao was immediately fouled and added two more gift shots to secure the victory, Lyceum’s sixth in nine games and second at the SBMA after they defeated Our Lady of Fatima University in a one-game stand, 86-72, last September 8.
Lumbao led all scorers with 28 points. Kevin Pelaez was named as Best Player with 18 points and seven rebounds, excelling on both offense and defense.
Macasling tried to carry DOMC with 24 points, five assists and four steals. Despite his forgettable first half, Caranguian finished with 19 points and five steals as the Cobras have now dropped their fourth straight game after ending their amazing six-game winning streak for a 6-5 card and temporarily drop out of the playoff race with two games left on their schedule against Manuel L. Quezon University and Saint Clare College of Caloocan.
The Sharks win kept them at Fourth Place and direct entry into the quarterfinals with the possibility of an outright semifinal berth if they climb up to the top two spots. As the eighth team to garner its sixth win, Lyceum also formally eliminated New Era University, losers earlier in the day to Our Lady of Fatima, 52-70.
The NAASCU caravan will travel back to Metro Manila as play resumes on Monday (September 19) with a five-game Seniors Division bill at the Makati Coliseum starting at 8:00 AM. The success of the Subic games has opened the possibility of a return soon should the Sharks go far into the playoffs.
How They Scored:
LYCEUM OF SUBIC BAY (110) – Lumbao 28, Pelaez 18, Fomera 14, Siewe 14, Saludo 12, Castillo 10, del Rosario 7, Jacaban 4, Timpog 2, Falaminiano 1, Hansen 0.
DE OCAMPO MEMORIAL (100) – Macasling 24, Caranguian 19, Fabro 15, Sabasaje 13, Clarito 11, Wenceslao 9, Simon 3, Pascual 2, Canelas 2, Ramos 2, Gallardo 0, Manalang 0, Montojo 0, de la Cruz 0.
Period Scores: 24-11, 53-33, 81-63, 110-100.