SAN Sebastian absorbed a fourth straight loss in the NCAA men's basketball tournament at the hands of Lyceum at The Arena in San Juan on Wednesday.
And coach Topex Robinson admitted the blame is on him.
“Unang-una, I'm not really doing a good job in motivating them or putting them in the right place,” he told Spin.ph. “I always make sure not to put the blame on them (players). It's me and it's gonna be me all the time.”
The 71-64 loss to the Pirates followed similar defeats to Arellano (86-96), Mapua (81-89), and four-time defending champion San Beda (56-75) as the Stags fell to 3-5 (win-loss).
Robinson was the last man to leave the San Sebastian locker room and described the post-game atmosphere inside the dugout as solemn, with his players' heads bowed amid the funeral-like silence.
“Solemn, tahimik,” he said. “You would see some guys are frustrated, some are feeling bad. (Because) it's really hard to say anything when you're losing eh.”
“We've been in this slump already, and I feel bad for them,” he added.
As hard as it is, the youthful mentor keeps his heads up despite a two-week drought and remains positive going to the next round of the eliminations.
“We have to pick up, this is not the right time to shy away or be apart,” said Robinson. “But this is the time to try to be positive pa rin. There's no other way to go but up, we have the whole second round.”
“Hopefully in the second round, with fate favoring our side, we can get back on the winning track.”
San Sebastian gets back in action on August 11 against Emilio Aguinaldo College.