Pirates already running into rough waters

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 16, 2016 01:12 PM
Pirates already running into rough waters
BAD WEATHER. The season is yet to start and LPU will be already without two of its expected main men.

The 92nd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament hasn’t even started yet and a storm is already brewing above the heads of Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Promising foreign student Victory Nguidjol is now in the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs system. Former Rookie of the Year Joseph Gabayni got himself into a motorcycle accident and is foreseeably out for the first round.

But perhaps the biggest blow is the development that Dexter Zamora – expected team captain who, coming off a knee injury a year ago, was set to come back with a vengeance – has been indefinitely suspended.

Coach Topex Robinson and his staff remained tightlipped on their reasoning, but made it apparent that it wasn’t basketball related. “It’s a school decision. Let’s just keep it at that,” he shared with ABS-CBN Sports.

While the suspension is indefinite, Robinson also made it apparent that his supposed team leader won’t be making a return anytime soon. As he put it, “I’m so sorry, but I can’t give any assurances.”

Still, a ray of light is piercing through the dark clouds in Intramuros with CJ Perez – former king Golden Stag and former hope of Ateneo – waiting in the wings. The athletic swingman, fondly called “Baby Beast” for his likeness to Calvin Abueva, is undergoing one-year residency and will be suiting up for the Pirates next season.

Talking about his reunion with his former player back in San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Robinson said, “Sino bang may ayaw kay CJ? He’s a born winner.”

He then continued, “He’s going to help us a lot.”

However, the Pirates themselves made it clear that they are, in no way, punting this season and just getting ready for Perez’ arrival. “Lalaban pa rin kami this season,” fourth-year guard Shaq Alanes expressed.


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