NCAA: I trust my players -- Topex Robinson on his LPU wards
Mark Escarlote on Jul 13, 2018 03:43 PM
Again, as a coach maybe sometimes you have to bite your lip and trust your players that they will find a way -- LPU coach Topex Robinson
Lyceum of the Philippines University head coach Topex Robinson just kept his cool while Emilio Aguinaldo College was making a huge rally that slowly dismantled the Pirates’ once imposing lead.
Robinson endured a six-minute stretch that saw LPU’s 31-point margin melt to only three.
He could’ve been livid with how his team built such a huge gap in the third only to lose it in the same period.
But even a furious rally from the Generals that would have put a scare on other coaches failed to move Robinson’s trust on his wards.
In the end, his faith was rewarded with a win – ugly as it may be – Friday, 106-97, in the NCAA Season 94 seniors basketball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Again, as a coach maybe sometimes you have to bite your lip and trust your players that they will find a way. Kung paano kami lumamang na nagtiwala ako sa kanila, you have to trust them na kaya nilang bawiin kalamangan,” said Robinson, whose squad collected their second win as many outings.
The Pirates went up 72-41 early in the third quarter before the Generals mounted a telling 36-8 scoring spurt with their shooters finding their range to close the gap 80-77 heading into the payoff period.
It didn’t help that LPU also lost its big man Mike Nzeusseu in the fourth after fouling out and with the Generals very much in the game.
Still, Robinson stayed calm and collected.
“Kung ako nagpakita ng fear or pressure I’m sure the’yre gonna do the same,” Robinson explained. “You have to be really calm and collected and making sure that the players don’t sense you’re worried.”
Jaycee Marcelino led LPU’s last stand in the fourth, making 13 of his career-high 24 points, as the Pirates dodged a major upset.
“Again you just have to trust the players that they’re gonna do the right thing,” he said.
And the Pirates did.
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