The pirates are broken; Altas Route Chiefs

Lyceum Pirates in NCAA Season 97.  NCAA / GMA photo

Lyceum Pirates in NCAA Season 97. NCAA / GMA photo

While the rest of the Lyceum Pirates were celebrating their first win in Season 97 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, top player Enoch Valdez was already thinking of hitting the gym when the team returned to the school barracks on Wednesday afternoon.

After 21 points in Jose Rizal’s 82-75 win over the Heavy Bombers, the 6-foot-3 forward felt he needed to do extra work, knowing that the Pirates needed at least the top six and all the wins they could get. Gain a place in the play-in.

“I think it all starts with training,” said Valdez in the Filipino, when asked how he would celebrate the victory, the first of four games. “Maybe we should celebrate a little. But I will go to the gym and lift weights and get ready for the next game. ”

Earlier, Jeff Egan scored 26 points for a 2-2 Altas to stop the two-game losing skid, beating Perpetual Arelano 87-70, which led to a third consecutive defeat in the Chiefs’ 1-3 record.

Electrical performance

In an undefeated squad battle, Lyceum relied on Valdez’s electrical performance on both ends, touching third-quarter storms to overhaul a double-digit deficit and secure a win at La Salle Greenhills Gym.

“I just told him (Valdez) to focus on his strengths,” said Lyceum coach Gilbert Malabanan. “I am very proud of him and his work ethic.”

Malabanon, who captured the Pirates this season, noted the shift from Valdez’s ability to shooting forwards, which seems to be much more appropriate with glamorous slashers.

With his height and height, Valdez anchored the pirate defense and was also there to finish the transfer dramas. Trailing, 43-41, Valdez zoomed in to play a quick break to highlight a 13-2 double that turned into a tide for Lyceum.

“I want to give credit to my staff, we had an effective press break,” says Malabanan in the Filipino. Our goal is to play offensively.

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