The Bleachers


Renzo Navarro's clutch performance helped Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) overcome Arellano University (AU), 70-66, in the NCAA Season 97 men's basketball tournament on Friday at the La Salle Greenhills Gym.

/ 23 April 2022

In the final 2:25 of the game, Navarro scored all his 10 points to lift the Pirates from a 10-point deficit.

He sank two triples to give Lyceum the lead at 66-64 with 53.4 seconds remaining.

Arellano’s big man Justin Arana answered back for a 66-all score, but a lay-up from Navarro brought back the lead, 68-66, to Lyceum in the final 30.2 ticks.

Gelo Sablan had a chance to tie the game, but he squandered both of his charity chances. Navarro secured their win with a pair of free throws after Maui Cruz was called for an unsportsmanlike foul with 4.9 seconds left.

Navarro also added seven assists and two rebounds to help the Pirates snap a two-game losing skid and improve to 2-5 this season.

Enoch Valdez led Lyceum with 17 points while Mac Guadana added 12 markers as Arellano dropped to 2-5 for a triple tie with Lyceum and Perpetual Help System Dalta.

The Scores:

LYCEUM 70 Valdez 17, Guadana 12, Navarro 10, Umali 6, Barba 5, Cunanan 5, Guinto 5, Remulla 4, Bravo 4, Larupay 2, Silvarez 0, Garro 0, Jabel 0.

ARELLANO 66 Arana 17, Sta. Ana 14, Cruz 12, Sablan 10, Oliva 6, Doromal 5, Carandang 2, Talampas 0, Caballero 0, Uri 0.

Quarters: 14-21, 29-39, 48-49, 70-66.