JC and JV Marcelino have proven themselves as reliable, pesky defenders instrumental in Lyceum’s impressive start to the NCAA Season 93.
With the identical twins leading the unbeaten Pirates on the defensive end, they also give ample scoring support to Lyceum’s top guns CJ Perez, MJ Ayaay and Mike Nzesseu.
The little-known siblings have particularly thrived this season thanks to the team’s father figure in coach Topex Robinson, especially with how they relate to the former PBA cager off the court.
“Nagkukulitan kami nila coach, nag-aasaran kami ni coach. Kasi dati, diba defensive player din siya. Pinapakita namin sa kanya na kaya namin ginagawa niya,” said JC Marcelino.
“Pagtapos ng laro, magyayabangan kami konti, enjoy lang,” he added.
Robinson made a name for himself in the pro ranks as a tough-as-nails guard who battles for every rebound and sticks to his defensive assignment like glue.
That’s why for all his limitations on the offensive end, Robinson lasted nearly a decade in the PBA, with most of his time spent as an integral part of the Yeng Guiao-mentored Red Bull squad in the early 2000s.
Robinson’s fatherly approach to his players sometimes leads him to taunting his prized recruits - in jest - to how they still have a long way to go when it comes to matching his work rate on the defensive end, which only motivates the Marcelino twins and strengthens the team’s bond.
“Nagyayabang siya sa amin e. Sabi niya, magaling daw siya e,” said JV, prompting his brother to elaborate.
“Sabi niya, di naman kayo marunong dumepensa e. Kung naabutan niyo ako, di kayo mananalo sa akin e.”
And as if they’re just like teammates bantering at each other, the twins would fire back at their soft-spoken coach – with Robinson’s offensive shortcomings often the target of the twins’ retort.
“Tapos tina-trash talk namin siya, wala ka namang shooting e. Kami meron e,” said JC who’s averaging 9.5 points a game through four games.
“Kaya sinasabi ko, mas magaling ako sayo coach. Ako, may shooting. Ikaw, depensa ka lang e.”
That kind of relationship between Robinson and his players might be one of the major reasons why they have been playing in such a high level this season.