MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ And the way the Pirates pulled off this victory against a worthy foe made the wait worth it.“San Beda is really a strong team, and we respect them; they’re a well-coached team, they’re the defending champions,” Robinson said. “And we are just relying on having our heroes, the people that we honor in this game, that we offer this game (to). It’s really a dedication game for all of us.”Robinson tried his best to deflect credit for what has been a historic campaign, but his players feel their coach deserves more than he has been getting.CJ Perez, who scored 20 points, pointed to Robinson as his own hero.“Actually, I thought about him as my hero,” Perez said, referring to Robinson. “He was getting mad at me because I kept on looking at him, but I thought about him and the trust that he gave me.”ADVERTISEMENT After bungling the final play in regulation, Perez atoned for the miscue by scoring on an off-balanced shot with 4.7 ticks left in the first overtime to put the Pirates ahead, 97-96, but JC Marcelino was slapped with a dubious foul while defending Bolick at the backcourt. Bolick split his foul shots to send the game to a second overtime.The Pirates and Lions traded big shots with both squads holding their ground up until Nzeusseu, the 6-foot-6 Cameroonian center, calmly sank the free throws that proved to be the difference between the two teams.“We know that there is so much fight in them (San Beda),” said Robinson. “There is so much tradition with San Beda, with coach Boyet (Fernandez).“We just told these guys to keep on playing, keep on believing in themselves, and just keep on grinding. We have to really play our very best, and no matter what happens in this game, it’s a win for us because when you survive those kinds of games, it’s gonna carry on to the next game.”The Pirates will wait for the survivor of the stepladder semifinals, which will now have five teams after San Sebastian drubbed Perpetual Help, 80-60, later in the day to capture the fourth seed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Pirates secured the No. 1 seed and a first finals appearance since joining the league in 2011, after a gutsy 107-105 double-overtime victory over the defending champion Red Lions at a jam-packed Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Mike Nzeusseu drilled two free throws with 12.7 seconds remaining in the second overtime to punctuate a 27-point performance, before the Pirates collectively foiled Robert Bolick’s final attempt, completing a historic 18-0 sweep of the elimination round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We just told them the more minutes that we stay on the floor, the more people we will inspire,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson after the game.When the buzzer sounded, the Pirates whooped it up on the court while JC Marcelino climbed the bleachers to celebrate with the Lyceum faithful as the Intramuros-based school ended a six-year wait for a championship appearance. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Fernandez rues little things as San Beda left without twice-to-beat There was no stopping Lyceum’s march to history in NCAA Season 93. Not a San Beda squad that showed its championship pedigree in the biggest game of the season so far. And certainly not a controversial call that nearly spoiled the Pirates’ bid to stay perfect.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event It was about time the network television executives decided to try something new. The solo prime-time newscasts, headed by legendary newscasters such as Walter Cronkite and Peter Jennings, were once the main source of television news for Americans. But, as they are wont to do, the times are changing, thanks to technology that allows people more choices for everything, including news. As a result, those evening newscasts have been losing audience share for years. Then comes the first unexpected thing from the unimaginative TV news executives in a long time, naming NBC-TV personality Katie Couric as the solo anchor of “The CBS Evening News.” If any woman has TV legend-in-the-making status (besides Oprah, of course) it would be Couric, a morning staple of thousands of Americans. Too bad Katie’s moment as a pioneer comes as network TV’s star is fading. But perhaps her ascension signals more changes and innovations as network news fights back.