Lyceum secured the other top seed in the PCCL Final 4 after nosing Ateneo, 69-65, in the final game of the Elite 8 round at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Sunday night.
Similarly, San Beda University completed a 3-0 sweep of its quarterfinal assignments with a 79-35 romp over De La Salle University.
The Lyceum Pirates will face the San Sebastian Golden Stags in the semi-finals while San Beda Red Lions will clash against the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the other pairing.
The Pirates got their bearings working in the payoff period as they go on to sweep their own assignments in the national quarterfinals.
In a hotly-contested match that was close for most of the game, Lyceum broke loose at the death as the team made a decisive 7-0 run to turn a 60-62 deficit to a 67-62 lead with 19 seconds left.
Adrian Wong still made things interesting as he drained a triple with nine seconds left that cut the lead to two, 67-65, but Jaycee Marcelino sealed the victory for Lyceum as he made two charities with six seconds to go as Ateneo could not buy a basket in the end.
CJ Perez and Mike Nzeusseu each tallied 19 markers as the latter came close to a 20-20 with 21 rebounds for the Pirates.
In the game between San Beda and La Salle, the Red Lions started slow but their stifling defense against the Green Archers sufficed for them as they quickly opened a huge lead as high as 44, the eventual winning margin, as their shots began to fall.
Clint Doliguez and Calvin Oftana led San Beda with 12 points each.
Mark Alcala made 12 markers, four boards, and three steals for La Salle, which ended its stint in the national playoffs at 0-3.*PNA
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