Topex Robinson plays down role as unique coaching style leads to another title for Lyceum
Topex Robinson preaches love, accountability and respect and it has resulted into trophies so far for Lyceum. Dante Peralta

TOPEX Robinson and Lyceum continued their amazing run together this time as they won the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup championship while bannering Zarks' Burger on Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The win marked the second time in a year that the Pirates took home a championship after winning the PCCL title. They've also made the finals three times in the past seven months after reaching the big stage in NCAA Season 93.

But Robinson insists that their success secret is plain and simple.

"What can I say? Love wins," said Robinson with a smile after their 92-82 win over Che'Lu Bar and Grill.

"There's no secret to our success. It's all about loving and trusting each other. (MJ) Ayaay was making a mistake and I just told them I love you. And then he was okay. ‘Cause again love wins," he added.

Robinson's string of success may usher in a new era of coaching that shies away from the traditional disciplinarian approach of coaching.

Instead of being the strict tactician who gets on his players' ears every time, Robinson preaches love, accountability and respect and it has resulted into trophies so far for them.

"Earlier I wasn’t a coach anymore. I was just a dad hoping and praying that they're gonna do their best. Instead of blaming them, I just encouraged them," Robinson explained.

"I told them 'if you lose, it's my head. But if you win, it's all yours.' That's the sacrifice of the father. Give credit to them and take the responsibility," he added.

Championship or not, Robinson says that it's beyond him. What's important is he saw the effort of his players in staging that fightback from 14 points down - inspiring all of the people cheering them on despite the early adversity.


"I know that people are praying for us. I can see the energy from the people when we were down. I just told them you’re inspiring people. You’re not doing it when you give up. You just got to keep going and trust each other," said Robinson.

"Sabi ko nga as long as you play your best, I'm not worried of the result. Let the result take care of itself."

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