For both Zarkís and LPU, itís time to win in PBA D-League

For both Zarkís and LPU, itís time to win in PBA D-League
LPU has joined forces with Zark's Burgers to take care of unfinished business now in the PBA D-League

Lyceum of the Philippines University swept the elimination round of the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament only to be swept in the Finals.

And so, they remain in search for a crown.

Enter the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup and the Pirates search continues. “Yung hindi namin na-complete nung (NCAA) Season 93, hopefully, ito yung continuation,” head coach Topex Robinson told reporters.

He then continued, “We’re excited for this new partnership. Thank you Zark’s for giving us the opportunity.”

The Intramuros-based squad will join forces will fellow upstart Zark’s Burger which enters its sophomore season with a new hope. “Hopefully, with this partnership ay mag-improve kami. We’ve learned a lot sa nangyari sa amin before,” team owner Rolandrei Viktor “Commie” Varona said.

In its maiden campaign earlier in the year, Varona’s team, then known as the Jawbreakers, only had one win to show in 10 games. In the end, they found themselves dead last.

It was only a matter of time before they found a partner who also wanted nothing more but to get better. “Mas maganda na yung samahan ngayon kasi aligned yung vision namin pareho. Same na same yung vision – it’s time to win,” Varona said.

He then continued, “They started (sa) NCAA na nasa ilalim sila then umangat kaya naman I believe na parehas kami ng goal na it’s time to win. Ayaw na namin na hanggang dito na lang.”

If the Jawbreakers of old were lacking in talent, only Robbie Celiz stood out in the squad, they will now welcome the roster which took last season’s NCAA by storm. That includes Season MVP CJ Perez, skipper MJ Ayaay, Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee, and Raymar Caduyac, among others.

Robinson has no doubt that his crew will only come out with much more fire as they take the floor for the first time since getting blanked by eventual champion San Beda College. “We’ll try to get better dito sa D-League. It’s a good opportunity for us as a team and as a school and also for Zark’s Burgers,” he shared.

He then continued, “The more opportunity for us to hone our skills, the better for everybody.”

Zark’s-LPU will see action in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup tipping off on January 18 of next year.

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