SAN JUAN City – Defending champion De La Salle University needed an overtime to hand Lyceum of the Philippines University its first loss at the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup, 121-119, in the main game Friday (May 19) at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Andrei Caracut and Ricci Rivero starred in the extension to up the Green Archers’ winning streak to three games.
Caracut hit back-to-back triples as he entered the game to replace the disqualified Aljun Melecio, increasing DLSU’s lead to four markers with 2:07 to play, 121-117. CJ Perez then answered with a fancy drive to threaten, 121-119, but they failed to capitalize on a DLSU turnover by missing three point blank attempts as the final buzzer sounded.
Lyceum was well in control for most of the game, pouring in over thirty points in the first and third cantos. DLSU valiantly clawed back with Ben Mbala giving them the lead off a steal from Mike Nzeusseu, 101-99, and 2:21 to go in regulation.
The Green Archers looked headed to victory with Rivero, Kib Montalbo and rookie Leonard Santillan delivering the crucial points. However, Jaycee Marcelino stole the ball from Montalbo to scoot down the floor, forcing the Archers to foul him with Marcelino splitting his charities to send the game into overtime and DLSU failing to connect in the final 15 ticks of regulation.
“We got a dose of our own medicine,” explained Coach Aldin Ayo. “Lyceum played pressure defense very well so it got us confused and we had our lapses so we have to learn from that.”
A total of seven Green Archers scored in double figures led by Rivero with 23 points off the bench including five in the overtime to go with five rebounds. Mbala fouled out seconds into the overtime but still had 19 points and 17 rebounds.
Perez fuelled the Pirates attack with 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Mer Jesper Ayaay followed with 22 points and 11 rebounds as Lyceum saw their winning streak end at three games.
How They Scored:
DE LA SALLE (121) – R. Rivero 23, Melecio 19, Mbala 19, Santillan 17, Montalbo 16, Caracut 14, Baltazar 6, Tratter 5, Gonzales 2, Go 0.
LYCEUM (119) – Perez 25, Ayaay 22, Nzeusseu 18, Caduyac 14, JV Marcelino 13, Baltazar 8, JC Marcelino 8, Tansingco 6, Santos 3, Marata 2, Ibanez 0, Liwag 0, Serrano 0.
Period Scores: 27-32, 48-52, 72-87, 107-107 (reg.), 121-119 (OT).