MANILA, Philippines – The Lyceum Philippines University-B Pirates and the Adamson Baby Falcons turned back separate rivals to grab a share of the early lead in the 20th Fr. Martin Summer Cup Monday at the Trinity University of Asia gym.
Sophomore Winston Baltazar and Joseph Gabayni struck hard in the dying seconds as the Pirates spoiled the debut of new Arellano University coach Jerry Codinera with a 71-66 victory over the Chiefs.
With the win, the Pirates joined the University of the Philippines at the top of the leaderboard in Group A.
The 6-foot-3 Baltazar fired 20 points, including a crucial triple in the last 1:21 to allow the Pirates to shatter a 66-all tie after Ralph Salcedo’s putback with 1:33 to go had tied the game for the last time.
Gabayni’s putback with 45 ticks to go later handed the Pirates a five-point edge which they preserved until the end of the game.
“It was a close fight. Arellano played differently, and we’re not used to their game with their new coach,” said Pirates coach Bonnie Tan. “It was a challenge playing against Arellano.”
Keith Agovida scored 16 points for Arellano.
Meanwhile, Robbie Darang scored 18 points for the Baby Falcons, who outplayed the Emilio Aguinaldo College-ICA Brigadiers, 57-44, in the juniors division.
The Baby Falcons took a 55-38 lead in the last 2:51 behind the efforts of Darang and Ralph Chua.
Adamson is now tied with Manila Patriotic School in Group A of the juniors division.