NCAA Finals: Coach Topex on Perez: 'San Beda has nothing to do with it'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 09, 2018 04:59 PM
Coach Topex on Perez: 'San Beda has nothing to do with it'
Coach Topex Robinson and LPU made it clear that coach Boyet and San Beda were not at fault in any way that CJ Perez got suspended in Game 1 of the Finals

Lyceum of the Philippines University is now 0-3 in the Finals of the NCAA.

A year ago, they were swept by eventual champion San Beda University.

Now in the 94th Season, they also dropped Game 1.

Still, head coach Topex Robinson was gracious as always. “San Beda beat us. I don’t want to take away the credit from San Beda because they played well and scouted as well,” he told reporters after they fell, 60-73, last Tuesday.

Of course, coach Topex didn’t have main man CJ Perez at his disposal then after the latter was slapped with a one-game suspension after it was found that he filed his application for the 2018 PBA Draft, but failed to inform the league’s Management Committee (ManCom) about it.

According to the NCAA, he violated a rule which states that “an athlete may apply for draft in (the PBA) provided he must inform the ManCom in writing and is duly endorsed by his school representative to the ManCom.”

Without a doubt, Perez may very well have made a difference if he had played in Game 1. “It could’ve been the other way around if we had our best player in our team,” his mentor said.

Coach Topex made one thing clear, however. “It has nothing to do with San Beda. Kumbaga, ayokong isipin (ng mga tao) na, ‘Ah kasi San Beda,’” he shared.

He then continued, “San Beda has nothing to do with it. I’m sure they prepared that CJ (was going to be) there.”

The always amiable mentor was alluding to comments in social media blaming the Red Lions, LPU’s rival for the championship, for what happened to Perez.

In truth, though, San Beda only knew about the suspension alongside everybody else. “Actually, we only knew CJ is not playing just yesterday afternoon so we really prepared for CJ playing today. I feel sorry for LPU for what happened,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said.

Red Lions’ main man Robert Bolick also went out of his way to say that he only wants to go at it with the best – that means a full-strength LPU crew with Perez playing. “Siyempre, gusto ko yung best niya. Gusto ko, yung pinaka-best niya para makapag-compete,” he said then.

Perez returns to action for the Pirates even as San Beda goes for the jugular in Game 2 on Monday at the MOA Arena. As always, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream.

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