MANILA, Philippines – The Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates shot the lights out from beyond the arc en route to a 92-83 victory over the Mapua Cardinals in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena.
Point guard Dexter Zamaro and Paul John Soliman each hit three triples, while Rhoel Macnocido and Joemari Lacastesantos knocked down a pair each for Lyceum, who made 12 three-pointers as a team.
Shane Ko and Wilson Baltazar each chipped in one triple on 41% shooting from beyond the arc.
The Pirates overhauled an early seven-point deficit when Zamora drilled a pair of triples and newcomer center Joseph Gabayani got two and-one plays. Maconocido hit a three-pointer of his own to end the first period, making it a 24-22 game in favor of Lyceum.
The Pirates never looked back from there, leading by as much as 13 points, 77-64, after Baltazar ended the third quarter with a triple of his own.
Mapua cut the Lyceum lead to only six points, 79-73, with 6:39 left after a fast-break lay-up by Andoy Estrella.
But Lyceum answered with a 7-0 blast to put the game away, earning their first win of the pre-season while handing the Cardinals their second straight defeat.
Zamora finished the game with 24 points for Lyceum, while Maconocido added 14. Gabayani, a transfer from the University of Santo Tomas, had 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Josan Nimes led Mapua with 24 points, while Jessie Saitanan bucked foul trouble to add 15. Joseph Eriobu scored 13 points.
Lyceum’s 12 triples were the most number of made shots in a Filoil game since the Alex Nuyles-led Adamson Falcons drilled 15 treys against a Calvin Abueva-led San Sebastian squad in April 2011, a 90-81 win for the Falcons.