COACH Topex Robinson trusts his players and the system so much that he believes the Pirates can weather the loss of MVP CJ Perez and remain contenders in NCAA Season 95.
"We're just so excited for the opportunity. For us, it's always about sustaining yung klase ng paglalaro namin," he said.
Perez averaged 18.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.3 steals in his last playing year with the Pirates as he guided the squad to a second consecutive runner-up finish.
Robinson acknowledged what Lyceum will miss following the departure of Perez, as well as versatile winger MJ Ayaay, but says it the current players will be able to continue what those two have done for the school.
"We always have that kind of mentality, 'What can I do today that my future self could be proud of?' It's just another challenge for us and yun ang exciting for us," he said.
That puts the spotlight on twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino, together with Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu.
"It's always nice to have those two around. They make our basketball so exciting," Robinson said of the Marcelino brothers.
Reymar Caduyac and Toci Tansingco return for the Pirates as they welcome transferees Jayson David, Renzo Navarro and Jerwyn Guinto.
In Robinson's eyes, these talents actually make his side stronger entering the new NCAA season.
"We don't have a go-to guy per se, but we have a lot of guys who are willing to contribute and are going to make our season exciting," he said.