Topex on Lyceum: ‘They believe in me which I really appreciate’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 06, 2015 07:59 PM
Topex on Lyceum: ‘They believe in me which I appreciate’
YOU ALREADY KNOW TOPEX ROBINSON. Topex Robinson took his talents from Recto to Intramuros and is excited with the challenge of turning the Lyceum Pirates around.

A product of the Augustinian Recollect school from Recto, Topex Robinson is in uncharted territory as the new head coach of the Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Asked how the Intramuros-based school has embraced his entry, the new mentor of the Pirates was sad to share with ABS-CBN Sports, “We’re still practicing at Reyes Gym in Mandaluyong, so I haven’t experienced being around the school.”

Even so, Robinson said that after a tumultuous last season with San Sebastian College, his transfer to Lyceum was more than a welcome development. “I’m really enjoying the moment. It’s really something that makes me excited every morning,” he said.

Last year, San Sebastian faltered to a 5-13 finish that ultimately saw both its head coach in Robinson and main man in CJ Perez walking away. Asked to comment, the old Golden Stags coach and new mentor of the Pirates chose to leave his unfortunate exit with just a simple statement of, “There was a lot of rumors before when I was still coach of San Sebastian.”

What’s important for Robinson at present is how his new school has his back. “The management has been really supportive, minsan nahihiya na nga ako. They believe in me which I really appreciate,” he gleefully said.

He then continued, “’Di ko talaga alam how it ended up like this, but I’m really looking forward to a team that’s really gonna embrace my system. It’s hard to be in a team that’s going in a different direction. Everything just turned out well.”

Robinson clarified that there will always be a place in his heart for his alma mater in saying, “I will always be a Stag,” but in the same breath reiterated that his loyalty now lies with his once NCAA rival. “Right now I’m a Pirate. I have a responsibility to bring these kids to a different level,” he said.

The new mentor of the Pirates was happy to share that only four months into their newly-established partnership, his wards have already taken to him. “I always tell them, ‘You have to trust that I’m gonna take you to a place na ‘di mo kaya mag-isa,’” he said.

Positive results are yet to show in the standings with Lyceum ending their preseason campaign with just one win in eight games, but Robinson is already loving his team’s attitude of never giving up. “It’s all about the mentality. I don’t care if we go 0-18, as long as those games were well-fought, I’m more than happy to have them,” he said.


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