Filoil: Benilde beats depleted Lyceum for second straight win
College of St. Benilde pulled off a 92-68 stunner over NCAA runner-up Lyceum in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at the tournament’s namesake arena.
The Blazers pounded on the undermanned Pirates side, who played without big man Mike Nzeusseu, twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino and head coach Topex Robinson, for their second win in as many games in group B.
Head coach TY Tang said he wanted his team to be in attack mode and exploit every opportunity to run the open floor.
“We want to be a fast-paced team and also a structured team,” said Tang. “But if we can make a shot within three seconds, why not?”
Benilde, which stayed at second place in its group behind Far Eastern U, used this up-tempo offense effectively in the middle quarters outscoring the Pirates 51-31.
The Blazers also ran Lyceum aground in the third, scoring 15 fastbreak points to head to the fourth quarter with a 68-42 margin.
Clement Leutcheu had 19 points and 15 boards to lead the Blazers while Yanie Haruna added 14 points.
Jesper Ayaay led the Pirates, who have been utilizing their team B players in the summer league, with 14 points while Ralph Tansingco added 12 points and six rebounds.
They dropped to 1-4.