Now a Pirate, Topex still calls the current Stags his sons
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 10, 2015 06:21 PM
I AM YOUR FATHER. Topex Robinson was happy to see his former wards and colleagues thrive even if it came at the expense of his new squad.
A year ago, a battle between San Sebastian College-Recoletos and Lyceum of the Philippines University would just have been like any other game.
Now is a much different situation after an offseason which saw former Golden Stag mentor and alumnus Topex Robinson jumped ship to the Pirates. Hence, when Robinson’s old and new crews met for the first time in the ongoing season, it made for a meaningful affair.
Lyceum coasted towards an early first quarter advantage before San Sebastian took away all the drama and imposed their will until the final buzzer. Leading the charge was a recruit of Robinson in Michael Calisaan who erupted for a career-high 35 points to go along with 16 rebounds.
The Pampanga native was pulled into Recto and spent his first year in the NCAA under Robinson. That’s why when asked how it felt to go against his ex-coach, Calisaan answered, “Medyo nahihiya ako sa kanya. Kinumusta ko siya before and after the game.”
Stags captain Jamil Ortuoste was a bit more expressive as he said, “Mabigat sa loob na makalaban yung dati mong mentor na nagbigay sayo ng chance na makalaro sa NCAA.”
He then continued, “Nung endgame, niyakap ko siya kasi sobra-sobra yung naitulong niya sa akin.”
On the other hand, new San Sebastian head coach Rodney Santos downplayed the meeting between Robinson’s old and new crews. “Before the game, nagtatawanan pa kami (him, Robinson, Lyceum assistant Rommel Adducul, San Sebastian assistant Banjo Calpito). During the glory of days of Baste hanggang ngayon, kami yung grupo. Trabaho lang ito,” Santos said.
In the same light, the now Lyceum mentor also brushed off any notions that he harbored any animosity after his unceremonious exit from his alma mater. On the contrary, Robinson shared that he was so proud of his former wards and colleagues even if they sent his current team to a 1-7 record.
“I will always be happy for them. No matter what happens, they will always be my sons,” he told ABS-CBN Sports, talking about Calisaan, Ortuouste, and – to some extent – his former deputy in Santos.
Still, Robinson re-assured the Pirates that his loyalty lies with them. “I will always be a Stag, but now, I’m a Pirate and my job is to make sure this team continues to grow.”
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