LPU already gearing up for contention in CJ Perez era

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 13, 2016 04:54 PM
LPU already gearing up for contention in CJ Perez era
SURGING AHEAD. (Photo courtesy of Topex Robinson Twitter)

At 6-11 and just one assignment remaining in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Lyceum of the Philippines University stands far and away from the six squads above them still jockeying for position into the playoffs.

Following a better than usual 4-5 record through the first round, the Pirates have only won twice in their eight outings thus far in the second round. According to coach Topex Robinson, only he is to be blamed as they stumble to end the season as he said, “I guess every fault comes to me because I wasn’t good enough to prepare them.”

He also added, “That’s water under the bridge. We just have to keep moving forward.”

Indeed, after a big-time victory versus still contending University of Perpetual Help on Tuesday, Robinson’s crew is moving forward and moving onward – to the next season, that is. “Actually, it’s the start of the next season for us already,” he expressed.

He then continued, “Pretty much the reason why the games still have bearing for us is that we’re preparing for next season.”

In the eyes of the amiable mentor, the rookie who starred against the Altas is also one of his rising stars. Referring to Reymar Caduyac who fired nine of his 15 points in the endgame, he said, “I told you I was preparing for next season. He’s pretty much part of what we’re looking (at) ahead (of us).”

With no key cogs graduating this year, the 19-year-old Caduyac will be flanked by a year older Cameroonian Harry Nzeusseu, versatile Jesper Ayaay, developing Ian Alban, and highly-touted transferee CJ Perez.

As such, College of St. Benilde will have to prepare even more as they are LPU’s last opponents. As Robinson put it, “No wasted games. We still have one and it’s gonna prepare for a championship in the future.”

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