LPU has just won six games in the last eight days

LPU has just won six games in the last eight days
LPU head coach Topex Robinson is nothing but proud of the conditioning of his wards

For the first time ever, Lyceum of the Philippines University is into the Finals of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League.

Dropping NCAA Final Four team San Sebastian College-Recoletos on Monday, a rematch in the tournament Finals up against San Beda University now awaits them.

And even before their heavyweight bout against the Golden Stags, it’s not like the Pirates have gotten it easy.

In fact, it was the complete opposite as they had to play four games in four days, and six games in eight days, just to get to where they are.

In the PCCL, the Intramuros-based squad had to go through CESAFI champion University of Visayas last Friday, Southern Luzon kings Naga College Foundation last Saturday, and then Ateneo last Sunday just to get to the semifinals.

There, they were then pitted against Baste.

LPU passed all of them with flying colors.

Extending that to the PBA D-League, where they have tied up with Zark’s Burgers, they defeated Wangs-Colegio de San Juan de Letran a week ago and then beat Mila’s Lechon last Thursday.

Yes, from Monday to Monday, the Pirates played six games and won each and every one of them.

For head coach Topex Robinson, that’s just a testament to all the preparations they have done. “If you’re gonna ask me if (our players) are physically tired, I don’t think they are. Again, that’s (because) of the work we put in,” he said.

That work, according to Robinson, all leads back to conditioning coach Gilbert Malabanan. As he put it, “Coach Gilbert has done a great job in making sure we’re in tiptop shape. Ito na yung games na aani ka sa in-invest mon a conditioning.”

He then continued, “I guess we’re also blessed to have good character players na they take care of their selves.”

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