Manila, Philippines – There’s no way to go but up for the Lyceum of the Philippines Pirates, the newest team in the NCAA.
Handled by coach Bonnie Tan and managed by LPU president Atty. Roberto Laurel, vice president for academics affairs Dr. Conrado Iñigo Jr. and athletics director Hercules Callanta, the Pirates made NCAA history by setting the best record for a debuting member-team when they finished with a respectable 7-11 win-loss record.
The 7-11 record enabled Lyceum to finish in a tie for fifth to sixth places with Intramuros neighbor Mapua Cardinals. The team, which is also being supported by Royal King Bren International, Uratex, Ocean Fresh and 100plus Isotonic Sports Drink, is not about to rest on its laurels.
”This team would like to excel. We want to continue to get better. We want to get the best talents available, like the high-scoring Jeron Teng of Xavier,” said Tan.
In the NCAA, the Pirates rode the big games of team captain Kevin Lacap, Chris Cayabyab, Floricel Guevarra and Onofre Napiza to pull off some of the biggest surprises in the league.
The four top Pirates were mainly responsible for Lyceum’s late-season surge, which included victories over NCAA Final Four entry Jose Rizal University, Emilio Aguinaldo College and College of St. Benilde.
Next month, Lyceum is setting its sights on no less than a fourth straight appearance in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) which starts Nov. 8.
Tan and his Pirates can’t wait to get the action started.