AFTER three losses in the past six games for Lyceum, do teams now have the antidote to the Pirates’ deadly offense?
Usually a whirlwind of force on the offensive end with their relentless attacking from start to finish – those came far and few in between as they dropped losses to Perpetual, Letran and San Beda in the second round.
What all three have in common is how they stuck to a zone for pretty much the whole game – and San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez admitted that he learned a lot from watching Frankie Lim and Jeff Napa do work against the Pirates.
“I would really like to thank the two coaches of the two teams who beat Lyceum. I think we got the cue from that,” said Boyet Fernandez following their 75-68 win over the Pirates.
Before the game, the Pirates were averaging a league-high 86.7 points per game, often times running their opponents to the ground with their high-octane offense.
But with San Beda slowing things down and grinding them out in the zone, Lyceum’s offense was all of a sudden stalled.
“Yan naman ang product ng trabaho at scouting e. I thank the coaches before I played Lyceum,” Fernandez continued.
Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson however, was quick to downplay it.
While the zone was pretty much the same denominator in those losses, the soft-spoken coach remained defiant in saying that it’s not really about that defensive scheme.
For him a lot of factors come in, and he believes that they’re not gonna be beaten by just simply stacking up bodies.
“We didn’t lose because they played a zone. There are a lot of factors, we missed open lay-ups, we had an opportunity,” Robinson said.
“They were making shots also. I don’t see the zone as an antidote to beat us. It’s not, it’s way better than that,” he added.
Entering the Final Four, Robinson knows that they are once again gonna see the zone and he remains defiant that they’re gonna be able to play through it.
“There’s no doubt that they will play a zone but we have to look it straight in the eye and just try to face it. We cannot run away from it, there’s no hiding from it, it’s all a matter of facing it with courage,” said Robinson.
“So be it if they’ll keep on playing a zone. Those shots will come in. Our free throws will come in.”