NCAA: LPU didn't practice a day before its 24-point beatdown of Letran

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 26, 2018 05:20 PM
LPU didn't practice a day before its beatdown of Letran
LPU played inspired basketball in disposing Letran from the Final Four

In the Final Four of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Lyceum of the Philippines University was facing off with one of the three teams that has beaten it in the elimination round in the last two years.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran knows full well how to sink the Pirates – having done so in the two teams’ second round meeting earlier in the month.

And yet, head coach Topex Robinson scheduled no training session a day before their Final Four matchup on Friday.

Instead, LPU got together for a team-building activity – no basketball involved at all.

Asked about his decision, the always amiable mentor answered, “At the end of the day, the love for each other is really important. Love conquers all. Cheesy might be the word, but if they know that you love them and they know that they love you, magic comes.”

He then continued, “We keep on reminding them that it’s not about the wins, but how we’ll work together as a team.”

Without a doubt, the decision paid off big-time as the Pirates played inspired basketball en route to a 24-point beatdown of the big, bad Knights.

After a back-and-forth two quarters and a few minutes, LPU broke free in the third period by enforcing its now-patented full-court press. In a span of four minutes, they went on a 15-0 tear built on turnover points.

That effectively took the fight out of Letran.

Through it all, Coach Topex enjoyed just as all of his boys enjoyed. “It was magical. It was like, para kang nananaginip, ‘di mo alam na totoo pala,” he shared.

He then continued, “I never even dreamt of this game. What’s important is how we took care of the now – we kept on playing, we kept on doing what we’re doing regardless of what the score is.”

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