After ‘nakakahiya’ half, Pirates make coaching staff proud

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 01, 2015 02:19 AM
After ‘nakakahiya’ half, Pirates make coaching staff proud
PEP TALK. Coach Topex Robinson called Lyceum's first half performance embarrassing.

Right after giving up 68 points in the first two quarters last Friday, Lyceum of the Philippines University was not even completely inside their dugout when repeated shouts rang through the hallway: “Nakakahiya kayo!”

The yelling came from head coach Topex Robinson, a mild-mannered mentor not known for outbursts. However, it turned out that their coach’s breaking of character was exactly what the Pirates needed to break their uninspired play.

The Pirates came out of the locker room a different team and pressured their opponents into 19 turnovers converted into 26 points. Channeling the Alaska Aces team Robinson also coaches for, Lyceum shrunk their deficit to as little as six points inside the last two minutes.

The rally of Robinson’s boys ended up short, but not before making their opponents feel like it was them who lost the game. Asked for comment on the tale of two halves, the Pirates mentor told ABS-CBN Sports, “Mapua outplayed us on both ends, but I'm still proud of the way my boys played in the second half.”

Indeed, pride could be the only thing felt after watching Shaq Alanes and Mer Ayaay score 35 of their combined 49 points in the last two quarters, nearly matching the entire Mapua team which only mustered 41 second half points.

There was no doubt in Lyceum’s mind that their furious fightback had only Robinson’s break of character to thank. “It was a wake up call for the boys and good for us, they responded. When you're down like that, it's not about the Xs and Os anymore, it's about the heart.

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