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Benilde escape a learning experience for LPU Pirates, says coach Robinson
by Niel Victor Masoy, August 16, 2019 8:55pm
The Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Pirates rolled to their fifth straight win on Thursday as they beat the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB) Blazers, 74-71, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
However, the Topex Robinson-coached squad didn't just breeze to the victory.
LPU looked poised to take the win as it led by 17 points, 68-51, entering the fourth quarter, but St. Benilde stormed back and came within three points, 74-71, following the first free throw made of rookie forward Chris Flores.
Flores intentionally missed the second one with the hope that the Blazers would get the offensive board but to no avail as LPU center Mike Nzeusseu grabbed the rebound and ran out the clock as the Pirates notched the victory for a 6-1 win-loss card.
Robinson shared it was their total 25 turnovers that almost caused the Piates the game.
"We just gave the basketball up. We had 25 turnovers. That's credit also to their defense that forced us to commit a lot of turnovers. It's hard to win games if you have a lot of lowsy turnovers," remarked Robinson.
But the former PBA player considered his team's near collapse as a learning experience especially that it will take the still undefeated San Beda University (SBU) Red Lions for its next game on Tuesday.
"Nangyayari yung ganun. Sometimes you really play that way. What's important is the learnings from that experience. Experience is always the best teacher. We're always working to be trying to be beter versions of ourselves especially when we play San Beda."
Jaycee Marcelino agreed with what his coach said.
"Big lesson talaga sa amin 'to. Hindi rin namin akalain na ganun yung lalaruin namin sa fourth quarter eh. Tribanaho lang namin pero mas maganda talaga yung pinakita nila nung fourth quarter. Siguro yun yung lesson namin para sa Tuesday game, babawasan namin mga turnover namin."
Meanwhile, Robinson didn't really mind that his Pirates were the first team to beat the Blazers (5-1) this season. For him, it's always about how they play and not about the team they are going to face.
"Coming into this game, it's not about CSB. It's always going to be about us. We're always going to play the infinite game. Sometimes you're going to win, sometimes you're going to lose but you have to keep on perpetuating the game," said Robinson.
"We're here for the long run. Yun yung palagi naming iniisip. Nothing against to whichever team that we're going to play. Sa amin is kasi, on how we are going to play."
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