ABSORBED their first defeats in National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 95 previously, the Perpetual Help Altas and Lyceum Pirates try to bounce-back when they take on separate opponents in league action today at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
Both fell to 1-1 after the defeats they were dealt with in their last matches, the Altas and Pirates look to get back on the winning track against the Letran Knights and Mapua Cardinals, respectively.
Perpetual battles Letran in the 12 noon seniors play opener while Lyceum takes on Mapua at 2 p.m.
Winless teams Arellano Chiefs and Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers. Meanwhile, collide in the final game of the scheduled triple-header at 4 p.m.
The Altas dropped their last game against the College of Saint Benilde Blazers, 75-63, on July 16 in a game that had them starting solidly only to falter as the game progressed on their way to the defeat.
AJ Razon led Perpetual Help with 15 points, followed by Kim Aurin with 12 and Edgar Charcos and Rey Peralta adding eight points apiece.
They, however, could not prevent the Blazers from taking the win.
Looking to pin the Altas further are the Knights (2-1), who are on a two-game winning roll after starting Season 95 with a loss.
Lyceum, meanwhile, was edged out by the surprising Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 84-82, on July 12.
The Pirates struggled in said game but managed to make things happen late in the contest to have a shot at winning it.
EAC, however, would douse cold water on the rally of the Pirates in the end to escape with the victory.
Jaycee Marcelino had another solid outing for Lyceum with 23 points, with Reymar Caduyac adding 17 and Jayson David nine points.
The Pirates try to avert falling back-to-back for the season against the Cardinals, who are still in search for their win after losing their first two games of the season. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo