Opening game loss to Altas a learning experience for Robinson, Pirates
Mark Escarlote on Jun 30, 2015 05:32 PM
They (University of Perpetual Help) really gave us a good baptism of fire -- LPU coach Topex Robinson
Lyceum of the Philippines University head coach Topex Robinson sees the bright side in their defeat at the hands of the powerhouse University of Perpetual Help Altas in his debut for the Pirates on Tuesday in the 91st NCAA Seniors basketball competition.
“They really gave us a good baptism of fire,” said Robinson after LPU’s 61-70 loss to start their campaign at The Arena in San Juan.
The former San Sebastian Stags mentor said that the game was a learning experience for the young team.
Lyceum engaged the Altas in a see-saw battle until the middle of the fourth period where the Pirates went ahead, 57-54, but the more experienced Perpetual side, led by 28th Southeast Asian Games gold medalist and Gilas cadet Scottie Thompson, scored the next 10 points to build a double digit lead with less than two minutes remaining.
“That’s where Perpetual’s experience comes,” Robinson added. “Yung mga mental mistakes and mga lapses namin sabi ko nga sa kanila na “Guys, you know we’re going to be in the same situation again so I guess we can learn from this.”
Still Robinson sees a lot of potential from his team with Shaq Alanes scoring 13 points with Wilson Baltazar, Jebb Bulawan and Jean Njuidjol contributing 11 points each.
“Hopefully we can keep on improving,” said Robinson.
Watch more of Robinson’s postgame interview here:
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