Coach Topex on Abueva: ‘We have to understand where they’re coming from’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 04, 2018 01:58 PM
Coach Topex: ‘We’ve to understand where they’re coming from’
Calvin Abueva got some sort of backup from former mentor Topex Robinson

Ever level-headed, Lyceum of the Philippines head coach Topex Robinson said that everybody should take a step back and see the big picture when reacting to the now infamous free-for-all that broke out in the matchup between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia last Sunday.

“Obviously, it’s not what we expected, it’s not beautiful. Obviously, we don’t want anybody to be there,” he shared. “But we also have to understand where they’re coming from.”

Robinson has a personal connection to what happened as Calvin Abueva was his player when he was head coach for San Sebastian College-Recoletos as well as assistant for Alaska while Matthew Wright is not the top gun of Phoenix where he is not an assistant coach.

For the former pro, what the Philippine team did was understandable for any basketball player – and on a personal level, he said he may have done the same if he was put in that position. As he put it, “If I was there also, maybe I would have done the same. I’m always my brother’s keeper.”

Another former pro turned coach in College of St. Benilde’s TY Tang was of the same mind. “I understand our team for sticking out for each other,” he said.

Tang then went on to say that if the Filipinos were the visitors and the Australians were the hosts, it was only right for the former to stand up for themselves. “I would say, if we were abroad and nangyari yan, there’s nobody else to look (out) for ourselves but us,” he said.

Still, Robinson said that all those involved should be held accountable for their actions. “You’re grown men. You make decisions and you have to be responsible for every decision that you make,” he remarked.

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