MANILA, Philippines -- Mac Guadaña and John Barba took charge in the end game as the Lyceum Junior Pirates held off the San Beda Red Cubs, 79-74, in Game 2 of the NCAA Season 95 juniors basketball Finals, Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The two Mythical Team members hit clutch three-pointers in the final minute to steer the Junior Pirates past the Red Cubs and tie their best-of-3 series at one game apiece.
The deciding Game 3 is on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Guadaña shot 6-of-21 from the field to finish with 19 points on top of 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists, while Barba had 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. Jaerolan Omandac contributed 18 points in the win.
Trailing 56-50 heading into the final frame, the Red Cubs leaned on Rhayyan Amsali and Yukien Andrada to work their way back into the contest. Amsali's layup with 3:23 to go gave San Beda the lead, 69-68.
The Junior Pirates regained the advantage after Guadaña found Roie Panganiban for a layup in transition, plus a bonus free throw off a King Alcantara foul. A Raphael Garro jumper made it 73-69 for Lyceum with 1:35 left.
Amsali's bucket trimmed the deficit to two points, 73-71, with 1:17 left, but Guadaña came through with a booming 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of Andrada for a 76-71 lead with just 43 ticks left.
Andrada answered back with a 3-pointer of his own to again make it a one-possession game with 31.4 seconds to go, 76-74, but Barba drilled the dagger triple with 16 seconds left to ice the victory for the Junior Pirates.
Andrada finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Justin Sanchez had 15 points and 9 boards. Jay Ynot added 14 points, and Amsali shot 6-of-16 from the field en route to 12 markers.
LYCEUM 79 -- Guadana 19, Omandac 18, Barba 14, Montano 12, Garro 6, Panganiban 5, Garing 2, Ragasa 2, Gamlanga 1, Santos 0, Caduyac 0, Dumon 0, Gudmalin 0.
SAN BEDA 74 -- Andrada 20, Sanchez 15, Ynot 14, Amsali 12, Alcantara 8, Delfino 2, Llarena 2, Oftana 1, Alao 0, Pelipel 0, Valencia 0, Cabanero 0, Nicdao 0.
Quarters: 20-23, 34-36, 56-50, 79-74.
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