Undersized Lyceum big man Omar Larupay glad to get the better of San Beda frontline
Published November 9, 2022 8:58pm
Updated November 9, 2022 8:58pm
Omar Larupay knew he was at a disadvantage in terms of height against the taller San Beda University big men, but the Lyceum of the Philippines University slotman was glad to be able to hold his own.
Larupay scored two crucial baskets for the Pirates in the final 1:14 of their game against the Red Lions to give Lyceum an 81-80 lead. His challenge on the rebound against Justine Sanchez with 5.3 ticks left also proved pivotal as they stopped San Beda’s last-gasp hopes.
For the 6-foot-2 Larupay, he just did his best against a taller San Beda frontcourt that features the likes of Clifford Jopia, JB Bahio, Damie Cuntapay, and Yukien Andrada.
“Siyempre ako, undersized big man ako. Sobrang hirap and bigat pa kaya ginagawa ko lang ‘yung best ko para ma-challenge ko sila,” said Larupay.
Larupay also played a huge role for Lyceum as their main big man in Shawn Umali fouled out with 1:24 left in the payoff period.
He finished with a team-high 15 points to go along with seven rebounds and one steal as Lyceum strengthened its hold of the third spot with a 10-5 card.
“Actually, that’s the play na every time na mag-screen siya, mag-aabang lang siya do’n ang the good thing is dalawang beses nangyari ‘yun,” said Lyceum head coach Gilbert Malabanan said.
“Nag-abang talaga siya and I have my shooters kasi outside so hindi nila alam kung sino din ‘yung bibigyan namin and I give credit to Renzo din naman. He facilitated everything inside the court.”
—JMB, GMA Integrated News