No coach Topex, still no problem for league-leading LPU
YES, COACH. Topex Robinson was sent to the locker room before the game was over, but LPU still had more than enough for their seventh win in as many games.
The Marcelino twins are only continuing to introduce themselves in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
In the third quarter of Lyceum of the Philippines University’s matchup against Emilio Aguinaldo College, the two connected for a highlight alley-oop.
And in the end, Jaycee had a career-best 20 points on top of five rebounds, four steals, and three assists while Jayvee had nine points of his own.
Staying humble, Jaycee said post-game, “Siguro, sinwerte lang kaya nakuha ko yung career-high.”
He then continued, “Ako kasi, gusto ko manalo kaya ginagawa ko lahat ang best ko. Lagi kong iniisip na wala nang bukas kung matatalo kami.”
Of course, there had to be a reason for his inspired play. And this time around, it was having to put up a good fight with the ejection of mentor Topex Robinson.
“Masakit nung nawala si coach,” Marcelino expressed. “Kaya sinabi namin sa isa’t-isa na kaya natin ‘to kahit wala si coach.”
Robinson was ejected for incurring two technical fouls due to continuous complaining and entering the playing court.
It wasn’t just the first-year guard who rallied around the loss of the Pirates’ mentor, though. “The boys really did their best for coach Topex. We just trusted these players na kahit sino humawak sa kanila, they can self-motivate,” assistant coach Jeff Perlas, who took over playcalling duties, said.
And in the bigger scheme of things, the tough test from the Generals was just what the league-leaders needed. “Sabi ko kay (EAC) coach Ariel (Sison), you made us better after this game. Hanggang dulo, nandun sila so we need games like this to sharpen us,” Perlas said.
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