LYCEUM coach Topex Robinson and import Mike Nzeusseu were all smiles despite missing one target as the Pirates stretch their streak to three in the NCAA basketball tournament.
Robinson had set a mark of 25 rebounds, and Nzeusseu fell one short in a victory over struggling San Sebastian.
“He promised me that he is going (to get 25). After the game, he apologized already,” said Robinson, laughing.
Nzeusseu also laughed when asked about missing the target again, and said is hoping to make the mark the next game.
“Yeah, I came short one rebound again,” Nzeusseu said. “Hopefully next game, I could give him 25 rebounds.”
That would be Friday against Perpetual, which is also led by imports Bright Akhuetie and Price Eze.
Robinson said he is happy with how the Cameroonian big man is performing, with the Pirates now 3-3.
“I can’t question his desire and his passion. He is really one of the leaders of the team. He is not as vocal as I want him to be but he gets the job done,” said Robinson.
Nzeusseu also said he was motivated to win for Robinson, who is a San Sebastian alumnus.
“Before the game, I was thinking about getting one for coach, because coach was the coach of San Sebastian before so every time, every second, I was thinking ‘Get this win for coach,’” the Cameroonian said.
Nzeusseu had his second 20-20 output in three games, but says he is still adjusting to the NCAA game.
“I came from two year residency and in the first game, first couple of games I adjust first, being used to the competition. Hopefully now I made some adjustments I could keep on going.”
“I like I said, I don’t look for any competition, but for me it’s just about the team. If the team is winning, whether I score or not, I get dribbles or not, if we win I’m very happy,” Nzeusseu said.