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Lions coach rues key lapses

San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez does not need to consult a rocket scientist to figure out what caused the Red Lions to suffer an early slip up in the 93rd NCAA basketball tournament.

“It’s really our defense that broke down yesterday (Friday night), Sir,” he lamented in a text message the morning after defending champion San Beda fell prey to Lyceum’s high-octane offense 96-91 in what is considered by many as a potential finals preview.

Lyceum’s Mike Nzeusseu protects the ball from San Beda’s Franz Abuda (4) and Robert Bolick during their NCAA game held Friday at The Arena in San Juan City. Lyceum won, 96-91. (MB photo | Jay Ganzon)
“We know that Lyceum is a really good team. But giving up 96 points is not our defense. They really scored at will. If we want to beat LPU, we can’t play them on offense. We have to make stops.”

And that’s precisely what the Red Lions failed to do down the stretch as they looked lost on their defensive schemes, allowing Pirates’ prized recruit CJ Perez and veteran Reymar Caduyac to inflict serious damage in the lane.

The 6-foot-1 Perez continued to live up to his lofty billing as he poured in a game-high 24 markers, including a tough go-ahead bucket inside the last three minutes, while Caduyac highlighted his 16-point showing with back-to-back unmolested lay-ups as Lyceum seized the solo leadership with a 2-0 mark.

What gnaws at Fernandez more is the fact that Lyceum only had 12 assists – eight less than San Beda’s – despite matching its scoring output in a 21-point blowout of perennial Final Four contender Jose Rizal University Tuesday.

Source: http://sports.mb.com.ph/2017/07/16/ncaa-93-lions-coach-rues-key-lapses/

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