NCAA Season 94: Topex Robinson commends refs for handling testy third quarter
Mark Escarlote on Oct 02, 2018 07:22 PM
The referees did a good job after that incident, na-control naman ang emotions -- LPU coach Topex Robinson on game officials
Lyceum of the Philippines University head coach Topex Robinson got slapped with a technical foul midway in the third quarter of their match against Mapua University.
It was an infraction Robinson was willing to take for his team just to get his message to the referees to control an already volatile situation.
After the game, Robinson commended the game officials for preventing the testy third period from escalating.
“The referees did a good job after that incident, na-control naman ang emotions,” said Robinson after the Pirates secured at least a playoff for a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage in a 92-76 blowout win over the Cardinals Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Robinson was called for an unsportsmanlike behavior after going inside the court and for continuously complaining on the officials after a series of confrontations that involved his players Reymar Caduyac and MJ Ayaay and Mapua’s Jasper Salenga and Warren Bonifacio.
“I’m not a referee I know they know better. What I just want to make sure is that my players to be protected,” said Robinson. “Nothing against the other team but my priority is my players.”
“I want to make sure that we are in control of our emotions especially my players. Let me be the one to complain to the referees,” he added.
Referees broke a confrontation between Bonifacio and Caduyac following a physical play while Ayaay and Salenga were called for technical fouls after getting entangled in a hard screen and exchanging a few words.
Robinson continuously talked to the referees after that incident and was whistled with a T.
“I mean, I’m more worried about my players than the other side kasi yun ang control ko. I just want to make sure to get our emotions checked,” said Robinson.
After the game, Robinson pointed out that he was just protecting his players and promised to talk to his wards on how to handle those kinds of situations in the future.
“We wanna make sure that we always do it the right way, that’s how I do it. Again nothing against, I don’t know how others do it. I even told Ayaay, I mean that’s not the way to do it,” he said. “Again I’m pertaining to my players. So many lessons from that and my players will hear it from me how to handle that kind of situations.”
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