Topex Robinson and the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates had a bigger thing to worry about than their 30-game elimination round winning streak getting snapped.
With 8:35 left in the game, sophomore Jayvee Marcelino was caught in a tough screen by burly big man Rommel Mangalino. He crashed hard into the screen and caught Mangalino’s elbow to the face. The result was a tough image to paint.
Marcelino crumpled down to the floor holding the left side of his face. He was bleeding profusely, having a cut.
“We are more worried about Jayvee because of the cut,” Robinson expressed after Lyceum absorbed their first elimination round loss in 728 days, 83-81.
“That’s our primary concern right now.”
The Olongapo native was immediately rushed to St. Lukes in Quezon City.
Marcelino is averaging 6.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.
Robinson and the rest of the Lyceum community are hoping that their sparkplug did not sustain a fracture.