NCAA: SSC, Lyceum try to snap losing spell
SAN SEBASTIAN and Lyceum try to snap out of their losing skids when they collide today in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Stags are hoping to avoid a third straight loss in the 4 p.m. clash with the Pirates who are also coming off one of their worst performances of the season.
Emilio Aguinaldo College seeks to nail back-to-back victories for the first time this season against a sputtering Arellano squad in the 6 p.m. game.
The Generals ended a five-game slide with an 83-76 triumph over Lyceum two weeks ago with Noube Happi finally imposing his will that brought back memories of his dominant performances last season.
The Chiefs, faltering down the stretch, dropped a 62-69 decision to St. Benilde last Monday for its third straight loss.
James Forrester continued to struggle, but coach Koy Banal finally unveiled AJ Serjue who had seven points in his first game after getting sidelined by knee injury last season.
Lyceum failed to breach the 50-point mark for the first time this season in a 49-61 loss to Jose Rizal U last Thursday.
With Dexter Zamora still serving a suspension, the Pirates struggled to get going offensively. Leading scorer Shane Ko (12 ppg) groped for form, going scoreless, but coach Bonnie Tan can take heart at Jeremiah Taladua’s performance after the seldom used guard finished with 12 markers.