Topex says tuneup loss to Alab felt like a win for Pirates heading to NCAA Finals
Lyceum coach Topex Robinson kept his players sharp during the long break.

LYCEUM coach Topex Robinson described its long break as a fruitful one as he expressed confidence that the lull will not affect the play of the Pirates come the opening match of the NCAA Season 93 finals against San Beda on Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Robinson’s troops have not played since bagging an outright finals seat by completing a sweep of the elimination round with a 107-105 win over San Beda in double overtime last October 19.

But the Pirates made the most of the break, according to Robinson, as they kept busy by playing tune-up games including one against Asean Basketball League (ABL) side Alab Pilipinas which they lost.

Still, Robinson said a lot was learned from the experience of playing against Alab.

“We only had one scrimmage against Alab. Other than that, we just fine-tuned the things we worked on,” Robinson told SPIN.ph after LPU’s practice on Wednesday at the Reyes Gym.

Robinson said the focus of the team during the break was more on the mental aspect of the match in preparation for the reigning champions.

“Marami pa rin kaming mistakes. Marami pa rin kaming dapat ayusin sa team namin. We are still a bunch of rookies na hindi pa nakakalaro sa finals especially hindi pa rin kami naka-experience sa Araneta. More or less, it’s a mental preparation that we worked on during the break,” said Robinson.

The Lyceum mentor said a lot was learned and still need to be learned as the Pirates look to open the best-of-three finals series on a high note at the Big Dome.

“We lost to them (Alab) but we benefited from them. I was thankful kay coach Jimmy (Alapag) for letting us play them. It was a fruitful experience for all of us,” Robinson said.

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Following their preparation, Robinson is confident rust will not play a role in the series opener against the Red Lions.

“It’s something that we talked about but it’s something that we should not really consider. If you tell that you are rusty, you are already making an excuse. We are not going to make rustiness as an excuse. We are going to compete,” Robinson said.

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