LPU gets payback for being first and only losers to CSB last season

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 01, 2017 03:23 PM
LPU gets payback for being only losers to CSB last season
VENGEANCE. LPU has not forgotten being the 1 in CSB's 1-17 record a year ago.

The milestones just keep on coming for Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Already on its best start to the season, the Pirates made more history on Tuesday as it destroyed College of St. Benilde by 43 points, 98-55 – by far, the biggest winning margin in school history.

The Intramuros-based squad imposed its will in every aspect of the game and even had a lead of as much as 46 before settling for the final winning margin.

Asked about their inspired play, the first words out of head coach Topex Robinson’s mouth were, “We remembered the time they beat us last year. They were 1-17 and (their only win), it came from us.”

He then continued, “That’s the motivation for us.”

In September 2016, the Blazers were well on their way onto a winless season before eking out a 65-61 triumph over LPU in their last assignment in the tournament.

As such, Robinson’s crew became the 1 in 1-17 which was ultimately the worst record in the history of the league.

The always amiable mentor, however, made it clear that having avenged that bitter loss is still no reason to celebrate for him and his wards. “We want to make sure that we honor the game by always giving our best. We just tried to play as hard as we can whoever it is we’re playing,” he said.

He then continued, “We don’t celebrate if we make a shot. We go back to playing defense.”

In the end, Robinson said that the Pirates don’t measure themselves against their opponents. “We want to always make sure that ang kalaban namin palagi is ourselves. We want to always make sure that we try to improve,” he shared.

He then continued, “Mahirap kasi na wala kang hinahabol so the goal is to always better yourself.”

Without a doubt, this season, LPU is already close to bettering its 6-12 record for all of last season. That includes moving forward from the sorry decision they handed over to lowly CSB.

And now, the Pirates want nothing more than to keep making history for themselves. “I told them that nobody in Lyceum basketball has been making a name so this is the best opportunity for us to make a name for ourselves,” Robinson said.

He then continued, “That’s the motivation for us – to really etch our mark sa history ng LPU.”


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