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La Salle escapes Lyceum, goes to Filoil finals

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 08:23 PM June 23, 2017

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De La Salle averted disaster and survived Lyceum of the Philippines, 100-99, to enter the finals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.

Santi Santillan converted on a three-point play in the final 10 seconds give the Green Archers a narrow lead before Lyceum botched its final play as Reymar Caduyac’s inside pass to Harry Nzeusseu went erratic.

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La Salle set up a finals dance against San Beda on Sunday.

Green Archers head coach Aldin Ayo said the team has to learn from close games where their composure will be tested.

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“I told the team to learn from this ball game because we’re going to learn a lot from this,” said Ayo. “The composure, the decision-making when under duress, the decision-making when the odds are not with us, because there are things that we cannot control.”

La Salle held a 97-94 lead in the final 1:15 but the Pirates managed to score five unanswered to take the, 99-97, lead with 35.7 seconds remaining.

Aljun Melecio led the Green Archers with a game-high 30 points while coming away with four steals.

Ricci Rivero was not far behind for La Salle as he put up 27 points while Ben Mbala had a 26-point, 16-rebound double-double.

CJ Perez filled up the stat sheets for the Pirates with 24 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and six steals while Wilson Baltazar added 19 points.

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