MAKATI CITY – Coming off the heels of a successful hosting of last weekend’s out-of-town games, Lyceum of Subic Bay motored back to Metro Manila and saved enough energy to stop New Era University, 74-67, in continuing action from the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) at the Makati Coliseum last Monday (September 19). The Sharks thus fortified their playoff position and remained in the hunt for an outright semifinal berth with their seventh win in 10 starts.
Coach Kerwin McCoy gave Fabrice Siewe a rare start and the Cameroonian giant responded by dominating the smaller New Era frontline en route to giving their side a 20-16 lead after the first period. However, it was the diminutive Allen Fomera that stole the show as he unloaded 13 points in a key second period stretch that gave the Sharks a 26-16 cushion en route to staying on top by halftime, 41-34.
By the second half, both sides seemed to play cautiously as they matched each other shot for shot and the best that New Era could do was threaten after a Kenny Kyrin triple with 1:43 to play, 66-70. Fomera preserved the win with steady free throw shooting and Siewe blocked an AJ Ramos attempt to cap his all-around performance.
Siewe earned his first Best Player honor after scoring 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Fomera was the high man for the Sharks with 22 points.
Kyrin and Ramos led New Era with 15 points each. With only school pride and final positioning at stake, New Era lost for the ninth time in 11 games.
How They Scored:
LYCEUM OF SUBIC BAY (74) – Fomera 22, Siewe 20, Lumbao 11, Saludo 9, Pelaez 9, Castillo 2, Jacaban 1, Alcantara 0, del Rosario 0, Hansen 0.
NEW ERA (67) – Kyrin 15, Ramos 15, Velchez 12, Cabacungan 10, Reyes 9, Bringas 2, Akindele 2, Pamat 2, Villareal 0, Magkalas 0, Macaranas 0, Asistio 0, de la Cruz 0, Perez 0, Castillo 0, Roque 0,
Period Scores: 20-16, 41-34, 58-50, 74-67.