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  1. #11

    Re: Pirates Pride

    Condolences to the family of the late Tanny Gonzales. Aside from being a well respected sportsman, Tanny is also a long-time barangay chairman in his home village in Sta. Ana Manila; greatly respected and loved. A great guy all around and he will surely be missed by a lot of people.

    Rest in Peace Tanny!

  2. #12

    Re: Pirates Pride

    2011 Fr Martin Cup Open opening weekend schedules already posted in the new Fr Martin Cup Open thread, please visit the Fr Martin Cup Forum for details, I think both the Pirates and the Lady Pirates are taking part in this conference.

  3. #13
    Bonnie Tan’s Lyceum chapter comes to a sad end

    by Angelo Falcon on February 3, 2015

    MANILA — After a surprising quarterfinals stint in the D-League, Bread Story’s Cinderella run came to a halt after it fell victim to a vengeful CafeFrance squad. 81-68 in the quarterfinals.

    For head coach Bonnie Tan, there’s always a silver lining to every story, such as being the first rookie team to actually make the playoffs in the tournament.

    “It was a good run, not the ending that we wanted. Dito na nagtatapos ang story ng Bread Story,” said Tan.

    But it wasn’t only Bread Story’s story that will be ending, it also marks the end of Tan’s story with Lyceum, a team he handled for 11 years.

    After announcing his retirement last October from the school, Tan’s last tour of duty with the Pirates is with the same Bread Story squad composed mostly of his Lyceum players. More so than the painstaking loss, it is his separation with the boys and the institution that he handled which affects him the most.

    “Malungkot siyempre. After 11 years, talagang I cannot explain yung feeling,” he said. “Mixed feelings kasi nga last game na namin magsasama, hindi maganda yung pagkatalo, at the same time last game namin.”

    But despite that, he opted to dwell on the positives and assured his players that this is not the last time that they will cross paths.

    “Kanina sa dugout, instead of malungkot, sinabihan ko lang sila na ang basketball iikot lang ng iikot yan. Magkikita naman kami at magsasama pa kami,” he concluded. — Rivals 2015

  4. #14
    New Lyceum coach Topex Robinson starts practice this week

    by Angelo Falcon on February 2, 2015

    MANILA — After months of speculation, it is finally confirmed that coach Topex Robinson will be taking over the coaching duties in Lyceum from longtime head coach Bonnie Tan.

    It was none other than Tan who confirmed the rumors surrounding the former San Sebastian coach and added that Robinson will be starting practice with the team this week.

    “I wish him all the best,” Tan said.

    Under Robinson, the Stags have been a constant Final Four team, missing only the semis last year when they finished with an atrocious 6-12 record.

    But despite that, Tan is confident that Robinson will be successful with the Pirates.

    “Di natin masabi (yung performance) pero sa tingin ko may experience naman siya,” he said. “Tingin ko okay naman si Topex at di niya pababayaan yung team.”

    Tan added he’s pretty hopeful about Lyceum’s chances of being a regular member in the NCAA, as this year marks the end of the school’s probationary status and their membership will now be on the NCAA policy board’s hands.

    “Before I left Lyceum, I’m positive na yung probationary stage which is four years, nameet namin and naaccomplish namin,” he said. “We’re not that high sa standing pero we’re not that low naman. Hopefully nakapagbayad na ng tuition fee yung Lyceum sa NC and sana matanggap sila as regular member next season.”

    “On the basketball part, sa tingin ko nagawa namin yung mga dapat gawin ng probationary team sa NCAA,” he added. – Rivals 2015

  5. #15
    Ang Ateneo talagang ayaw sa magagaling na players.

    All's well that ends well though, at mukhang on his way to being the NCAA MVP si CJ Perez. I hope he takes Lyceum to the Promised Land.
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  6. #16
    Four-way race looms for MVP as frontrunner Prince Eze, Perpetual out of playoff picture

    From: Christian Jacinto

    October 3, 2017, 07:11 pm

    THE MVP race for NCAA Season 93 just lost its frontrunner as Prince Eze's University of Perpetual Help team has bowed out from playoff contention.

    With the Altas eliminated from the Final Four race, runaway statistical leader Prince Eze became ineligible from winning the league's top individual plum as NCAA rules dictate that the winner of the MVP should come from teams who made the semifinals.

    The highest award Eze can now get is an inclusion in the Mythical Team despite posting averages of 17.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, both league bests, to go with 15.5 points, good for fifth among Season 93's top scorers.

    The Season 93 MVP race is now reduced to a close battle among four players. Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez of the unbeaten Lyceum have become strong candidates to take over Eze, considering they were running second and third, respectively, in the race after the first round.

    Nzeusseu is currently averaging 10.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks despite playing limited minutes. But Perez is having a stronger showing in the second round, padding his averages to 18.6 points per game, 6.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals.


    JV Mocon and Rey Nambatac, from rival schools San Beda and Letran, respectively, are also in the MVP debate and could build their case with a strong finish to the season.

    Mocon has been a stable double-double guy for the Red Lions, putting up averages of 12.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in leading San Beda's 13-game win run.

    Among the four, Nambatac will have the most to play for with the Knights' Final Four hopes still hanging in the balance. Still the graduating Letran guard is putting up MVP-worthy numbers with 16.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 dimes a ball game.

    This close race is an interesting sub-story to the league that's slowly reaching its climax with still five teams fighting for two spots in the Final Four.

    For the curious, the last time a non-semifinalist won the NCAA MVP award was back in Season 80 in 2005 when Jay Sagad of College of St. Benilde took the plum.
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  7. #17
    LPU barges into Finals for first time after besting San Beda in 2OT classic

    By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 19, 2017 04:56 PM

    Lyceum of the Philippines University is not yet done making history in the NCAA 93 Men's Basketball Tournament.

    And not even defending champion San Beda College can do anything about it ? not right now, at least.

    CJ Perez's star shone anew, but Mike Nzeusseu proved to be the difference as the Pirates edged out the Red Lions in a double overtime classic, 107-105, on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

    Perez tallied 20 points, six rebounds, six assists, and four steals while Nzeusseu posted a humongous double-double effort of 27 points and 21 rebounds to go along with two blocks. "Credit goes to the players. They just didn?t wanna give up," head coach Topex Robinson said post-game.

    It was also those two who made good on four of six free throws that turned a two-point deficit with under two minutes remaining to a two-point win.

    Arnaud Noah and Robert Bolick went back-to-back to grant San Beda a 105-103 lead with 1:29 remaining before Perez's split from the stripe and Nzeusseu's 2-of-2 trip at the line gave back the lead to the Intramuros-based squad. "San Beda is a strong team. It's just a testament of working together as a solid group," their mentor said.

    Down by one with 12.7 seconds left, the Red Lions gave the ball to Bolick to make something happen, but his try over the outstretched arms of MJ Ayaay and Nzeusseu only hit the front of the ring. Seconds later, another split from the stripe by Perez sealed the deal in LPU's gritty win.

    With the gritty win, LPU completes an elimination round sweep last accomplished by San Beda in 2010.

    With the gritty win, LPU resets the best start to the season in the history of the oldest collegiate league in the country at 18-0.

    With the gritty win, LPU automatically advances into the championship round ? their first trip there since joining the NCAA in 2011.

    "It?s still a long way to go. There?s still so much that we have to work on," Robinson said.

    Birthday boys Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino also added a combined 13 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and four steals.

    The Pirates were already well on their way to a win with Perez granting them a one-point lead with 1.5 ticks to go in the first overtime.

    The Red Lions were given a break, however, as a controversial call was assessed on Jaycee Marcelino, sending Bolick to the line.

    The King Lion missed the first before making the second, sending the game to another extra period.

    There, Bolick still tried his best to take down the league-leaders, but was thwarted by Perez and Nzeusseu. He wound up with 16 points, five rebounds, and three steals.

    Donald Tankoua was a force with 34 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks while Javee Mocon chipped in a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double.

    All of it still weren't enough to deny LPU's shot at history.

    And now, San Beda will have a longer, tougher road to the Finals. With the rule change, they will no longer have any twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder playoffs despite ending the elimination round at 16-2.

    BOX SCORES

    LPU 107 ? Nzeusseu 27, Perez 20, Marcelino JC 9, Caduyac 9, Pretta 8, Santos 8, Ayaay 7, Baltazar 6, Serrano 6, Marcelino JV 4, Ibanez 1

    SAN BEDA 105 ? Tankoua 34, Bolick 16, Mocon 14, Doliguez 13, Abuda 8, Presbitero 6, Soberano 5, Noah 4, Oftana 3, Cabanag 2, Potts 0, Bahio 0, Adamos 0

    QUARTER SCORES: 25-22, 56-46, 70-69, 85-85, 97-97 (1OT), 107-105 (2OT)

    ---
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  8. #18
    Player of the Week Nzeusseu powers LPU to first-ever Finals

    By ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 22, 2017 07:17 PM

    Mike Nzeusseu was named as the Chooks-to-Go NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week for spearheading the completion of Lyceum of the Philippines' sweep of the Season 93 elimination round.

    The Cameroonian powerhouse finished with 27 points, 21 rebounds, and two blocks as the Pirates beat San Beda College in double overtime, 107-105, last Thursday to end the eliminations with a clean 18-0 card.

    With the sweep, LPU automatically advances to the best-of-three Finals where they face the winner of the stepladder playoffs that will begin on Tuesday at the MOA Arena.

    Aside from CJ Perez, Nzeusseu has been a big part of the Pirates' transformation from the NCAA dormants to title contenders as the Season 92 Rookie of the Year averaged 11.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks this year.

    "It's really special," LPU head coach Topex Robinson said. "I think what transpired here is not just us but the whole LPU community - the culture, the tradition with LPU. It's just something that I'm so grateful for."

    Nzeusseu beat Perez and Rey Nambatac of Colegio de San Juan de Letran for the weekly plum.
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI

  9. #19
    18-0 is historic no matter how we look at it.

    Sayang lang at mukhang na-law of averages ang mga Pirates nung Finals, close naman pareho ang Games 1 and 2, well played and well fought Finals.

    CJ Perez will be a future PBA star, maybe even a Gilas mainstay.

    Kudos to Atty Alex Lopez and the Laurel Family for all their support.
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