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Pirates, not Lions, in roaring start

There will be no San Beda juggernaut in season 93 of the NCAA basketball tournament.

While the Red Lions remain favored in their quest for a second straight title following an impressive sweep of the Filoil Flying V Preseason championship recently, the Mendiola-based Bedans lost their invincible tag in just their second game last Friday.

CJ Perez of Lyceum.
The Lyceum Pirates, ninth last season and still to reach even the Final Four since joining the league in 2011, shocked experts by upsetting the Lions, 96-91, to seize the solo lead with their second straight victory.

CJ Perez, a transferee from Ateneo, paced the Pirates with 24 points while Cameroonian Harry Nzeusseu added 18 on top of 13 rebounds. Two others scored in double figures as the Pirates avenged their 96-79 loss to the Lions in the elimination round of the preseason tilt.

The Pirates under coach Topex Robinson actually matched their season-high output in an earlier 96-75 rout of the Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers where Perez also fired a game-high 22 points.

“Our defense broke down,” said returning SBC coach Boyet Fernandez, adding that the 96 points the Lions gave up was ample proof of this. “We know that Lyceum is a good team. We have to make stops to beat them.”

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/256777/pirates-not-lions-roaring-start

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