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Pirates resume hunt for another treasure

By Jerome Lagunzad

Games Today
(The Arena, San Juan City)
8 a.m. – CSB vs Lyceum (J)
10 a.m. – AU vs Letran (J)
12 noon – CSB vs Lyceum (S)
2 p.m. – AU vs Letran (S)
4 p.m. – Perpetual vs SSC (S)
6 p.m. – Perpetual vs SSC (J)

Action in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament resumes today at The Arena in San Juan City and so is the streaking Lyceum Pirates’ hunt for another golden treasure.

After proving no match to tropical storm “Gorio” in their postponed match with the Mapua Cardinals last Friday, the Pirates get back on the grind at 12 noon against the St. Benilde Blazers, gunning for nothing less than extending their torrid start and firming up their grip on the leadership.

Off to its best start since joining the league in 2011, Lyceum should be favored to make it five in a row against a St. Benilde side which has virtually lost its first three matches – inside the court – the last a 54-76 beating dealt by defending champion San Beda last July 18.

The Blazers barged into the winners’ column three weeks ago, thanks to the forfeiture of their 65-69 loss to Perpetual Help due to the Altas’ jersey blunder.

Lyceum coach Topex Robinson, as impressive as his wards so far, is urging the Pirates not to take the Blazers lightly, saying: “They’re a dangerous team. They have a new sound program.

“Coach TY (Tang) may be new in coaching but he has a lot of experience as a player and even won championships then.

He has a good support group and head coaches na beterano rin. They’re a very scary team.”

Squaring off in an intriguing clash at 2 o’clock are struggling contenders Arellano U and Letran, both running at the middle pack with identical 2-2 marks.

Host San Sebastian and Perpetual Help, toting similar 1-2 record, part ways at 4 p.m. in their bid to keep the pace-setters within their reach.