LYCEUM coach Topex Robinson considered the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) title a testament to the winning culture he and his coaching staff has cultivated in the Pirates.
The Pirates won their first major title with Robinson at the helm, winning the PCCL crown at the expense of NCAA champion San Beda to become the acknowledged national champions.
Robinson was all smiles as the team's mantra of love, serve, and care has finally reaped a huge reward with Lyceum's first-ever PCCL title.
“I guess it solidifies the thing that we are working on,” said Robinson. “My coaches really are doing a great job working on this. The school has been supporting us. Hopefully, this will keep on going as long as we stick to what we are as a team.”
After the PCCL campaign, Robinson and his troops will be back in their campaign as Zark’s in the PBA D-League where he is aiming to be the best they can be when they resume their Aspirants Cup campaign.
Robinson said the Pirates will take a two-day break before returning to practice for the PBA D-League.
“We always want to be our best. We are not going to stop doing this. It’s about us honoring the game. Basketball has been good to us and the only way to repay it is play our best basketball. Whatever it takes us, we are blessed. We are grateful to be here,” said Robinson.
Robinson said he made sure that the Pirates will treat the championship game as a normal game and not focus on the revenge angle with the Red Lions.
“One important think for us is we reminded them to play in the moment. Don’t worry about the future. I want them to enjoy the game. Minsan lang mangyari ito so we want to take advantage of the opportunity,” he said.