CARL Lumbao fired 14 points to lead the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates to an 89-81 win over the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons recently to clinch the under-25 crown in the of the Milcu-Got Skills Elite Basketball Showcase at the Buddha Care gym in Quezon City.
Grecco Magbuhos delivered 13 for the Pirates, who fought their way out of an 81-all deadlock.
Magbuhos’ triple in the final minutes pushed the Pirates ahead, 84-81.
The Fighting Maroons drew 30 points from David Murrell.
Three charities from Casper Percias in the last nine seconds pushed the Pirates ahead by eight points in the endgame.
The Pirates entered the finals after Lumbao shot 11 points for the Pirates and toppled the De Ocampo Memorial College cagers, 89-78, in the semifinals.
The Philippines’ Fighting Maroons repulsed the Letran Knights, 70-68, to reach the finals.
Bright Akhuetie drilled in 19 points for UP.