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Pirates go for 1st round sweep

Games Today
(The Arena, San Juan City)
8 a.m. – LSGH vs Arellano (Jrs.)
10 a.m. – Lyceum vs Malayan (Jrs.)
12 noon – CSB vs Arellano (Srs.)
2 p.m. – Lyceum vs Mapua (Srs.)
4 p.m. – EAC vs Perpetual (Srs.)
6 p.m. – EAC vs Perpetual (Jrs.)

Lyceum goes for a sweep of the first-round elimination when it takes on Mapua today in a showdown between the leader and the tailender in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

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The Pirates are aiming for their ninth straight victory in their 2 p.m. tussle against the undermanned Cardinals, who are languishing at the cellar with a 1-6 win-loss mark.

Coach Topex Robinson will be back for the Pirates after serving out a one game ban for committing two technical fouls for continues complaining.

Even without Robinson, the Pirates showed steely resolve as they rallied from a 17-point deficit to surprise neighbor Letran, 75-68, last Friday.

Despite the opportunity of completing a sweep, Robinson challenged his boys to stay focused when they clash with another Intramuros neighbor.

“We didn’t discuss about a potential sweep but rather, we want to be a better version of ourselves from our Letran game,” said Robinson.

CJ Perez, Mike Nzeusseu, and JC Marcelino – three players who are instrumental in their previous game – are once again expected to anchor the Pirates’ onslaught.

The three have a combined average of 41.9 points, 22.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.

Despite a depleted lineup, Mapua coach Atoy Co remains unfazed, believing Andoy Estrella, Leo Gabo, and Christian Bunag will deliver big numbers this time.

Like Mapua, last year’s finalist Arellano University (2-5) is also aching to snap a four-game losing skid when it battles College of St. Benilde (2-6) at 12 noon.

Also worth watching is the 4 p.m. encounter between Emilio Aguinaldo College (3-5) and University of Perpetual Help (3-5).

Both teams are out to bounce back from previous setbacks.