On the fourth day of Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup action, the teams from the NCAA triumphed over their UAAP counterparts.
And no victory was more stunning than the huge endgame turnaround by the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates against the Adamson University Soaring Falcons.
Down four with 21.9 seconds left, Lyceum turned to their pressing defense to leave Adamson in the dust, 82-81, and keep their slate unblemished in Group B.
It all started with Jaycee Marcelino splitting his free throws. Marcelino then grabbed the board before finding a wide-open Nino Ibanez for a triple, cutting the lead to one.
On the next possession, Lyceum was able to force a jumpball with 9.9 seconds left to regain possession.
Off a timeout, Marcelino soared through the air for the go-ahead layup. Raymar Caduyac then sealed the win by pickpocketing Simon Camacho.
Marcelino had 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Meanwhile, Mike Nzeusseu tallied 14 points and seven boards.
Camacho led the way for the 1-1 Soaring Falcons with 18 points. Congolese big man Lenda Douanga finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in his Filoil debut.
In another inter-league match-up, Larry Muyang powered the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights to a 75-70, come-from-behind win over the Far Eastern University Tamaraws to close out the day.
With the game tied at 61-all, the burly Muyang powered his way in the paint to spark a 9-2 run that turned the tide of the contest. King Caralipio and Jeo Ambohot also contributed to the rally that helped give Letran a 2-0 record.
On the other hand, FEU dropped their tournament debut.
Muyang had 12 points and five rebounds, while Ambohot chipped in nine points and seven rebounds. Caralipio added nine points and eight rebounds.
Three Tamaraws scored 16 markers each, namely Ino Comboy, L-Jay Gonzales, and Joseph Nunag. Gonzales also tallied seven assists and five rebounds.
To open the three-game slate, the San Beda University Red Lions routed the Mapua University Cardinals, 80-63.
Nunu Noah powered San Beda with 17 points, as 13 of 17 Red Lions fielded by Boyet Fernandez got on the scoring column.
Christian Bunag was the sole bright spot for the 0-2 Mapua with 14 points and nine rebounds.
The Red Lions, who are 2-0, will head to Las Vegas for a two-week training camp in Impact.
On Sunday, the NU Bulldogs open the day against the Letran Knights at 2:00pm. The UP Fighting Maroons then take on the DLSU Green Archers afterwards, before the CEU Scorpions face the UST Growling Tigers to close out the day.
SBU 80 – Noah 17, Nelle 9, Penuela 9, Bahio 7, Doliguez 7, Kwekuteye 6, Obenza 6, Cuntapay 4, Abuda 4, Etrata 3, Oftana 2, Carino 2, Alfaro 2, Soberano 2, Tankoua 0, Rautiste 0, Visser 0, Cruz 0.
MU 63 – Bunag 14, Victoria 11, Lugo 10, Garcia 10, Aguirre 8, Pido 6, Nieles 3, Bautista 1, Jabel 0, Nocum 0.
Quarterscores: 30-11, 47-23, 59-38, 80-63
LPU 82 — Jc. Marcelino 19, Nzeusseu 14, Jv. Marcelino 10, Caduyac 8, Navarro 7, Laurente 7, Ibanez 5, Baetiong 4, Santos 3, Yong 3, Guinto 2, David 0, Tansingco 0, Valdez 0.
ADU 81 — Camacho 19, Douanga 18, Ahanmisi 15, Sabandal 12, Colomia 4, Fermin 4, Ad. Doria 4, Fuentebella 3, V. Magbuhos 2, Yerro 0, Bernardo 0, Zaldivar 0, An. Doria 0.
Quarterscores: 14-20, 37-37, 51-63, 82-81.
CSJL 75 — Muyang 12, Ular 10, Ambohot 9, Caralipio 9, Olivario 7, Balanza 7, Balagasay 6, Mina 6, Pambid 5, Yu 4, Reyson 0, Sangalang 0, Gallano 0.
FEU 70 — Comboy 16, Gonzales 16, Nunag 16, Bienes 8, Tchuente 4, Flores 4, Ebona 2, Alforque 2, Casino 2, Stockton 0, Torres 0, Celzo 0, Gloria 0.
Quarterscores: 22-15, 41-36, 56-55, 75-70.