LYCEUM coach Topex Robinson was not surprised with the courage of MJ Ayaay to take matters into his own hands and win the game for the Pirates on Thursday.
Robinson said Ayaay was brave enough to take the last shot for the Pirates in the end game where he scored the game-winning layup that slayed the reigning champion Knights. And the most impressive part for the Lyceum coach is the fact that Ayaay had the presence of mind and the composure to take over in the dying seconds as they were left with no timeouts.
"When he got the ball, he knows what he is going to do and he was responsible enough to take the responsibility to win it or lose it for us," said Robinson.
The LPU coach is also no longer surprised with what Ayaay, a versatile wing man who can play both forward positions, can do on the floor.
"He is working very hard. He is going to win or lose us games but the trust is there," he said.
The braveness of Ayaay to take the last shot, however, pales in comparison to his shyness when he faced the media for the postgame interview.
"Tsamba lang 'yun," said Ayaay.
Ayaay led the Pirates comeback, scoring 12 of his 16 points in the fourth canto to give Lyceum a 68-66 win to sweep Letran in their season series.
Ayaay said he never lost hope after the Pirates trailed by 10 points halfway in the fourth period.
"Iniisip ko lagi na positive, wag susuko," said Ayaay.