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    Topex Robinson, CJ Perez face familiar foe as Pirates stake unbeaten slate vs 'physical' Stags

    Jul 20, 2017
    CJ Perez and the unbeaten Pirates take on Michael Calisaan and the physical Stags. Jerome Ascano

    TOPEX Robinson and CJ Perez will be facing a familiar squad when Lyceum stakes its unbeaten slate in the NCAA Season 93 against their former team in San Sebastian on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Center.

    The Pirates are coming off a huge 96-91 victory over the San Beda Red Lions last week and will look to remain as the only unbeaten team in the league when they target their third win of the season when they face the Stags at 4 p.m.

    Though they're playing their old squad, the Lyceum pair is all focused on continuing their surge against a tough San Sebastian squad.

    "We’re just gonna play our usual game against them. We know that they’re a physical team. They love contact. We just have to be mentally tough and mentally strong. Preparation namin is mentally," said Lyceum coach Robinson.

    "We don’t control the things we can’t control. What we focus on is how we’re gonna prepare sa team again. Making sure everybody is on the same page," he added.

    The Pirates have been the league's most potent offensive squad in the league, scoring 96 points in each of their matches against JRU and San Beda, two very respectable defensive squads.

    Leading the attack is Perez, who has made quite a splash in his return to the country’s oldest collegiate league.

    The athletic wingman is averaging a league-best 23 points a game, to go with seven boards and three assists in two games.

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    But for Robinson, there’s more to Perez’s game than his scoring.

    "CJ knows that he will never be better than his teammates. He can never win it by himself. Success is a team sport. It’s really about us," said Robinson.

    Despite knowing the Pirates' capability of putting the ball in the hoops, San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya is confident that they can keep up with the Pirates' pace.

    In fact, he believes that if they can keep up with Lyceum's uptempo play, they can pull off an upset against the favored foes.

    "Hopefully we can match their intensity while making our shots. If we can keep up with their speed, we have a good chance of beating them," Macaraya said.

    Meanwhile, San Beda (2-1) will be gunning for their second straight win when they take on the Emilio Aguinaldo College (1-1) at 12 noon as Letran (1-1) tackles JRU (1-2) at 2 p.m.

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