Lyceum became the streaking San Sebastian’s latest prey as the Golden Stags continued their giant killing ways in the NCAA Season 92 men senior’s basketball tourney Tuesday afternoon with a 77-69 win over the Pirates at The Arena in San Juan.
After reaching the .500 mark to keep their Final Four hopes alive, the Pirates suddenly found themselves in a big hole following their third straight loss falling to a 5-8 card with only 5 games left to play.
In a game where the Pirates won the rebounding battle, 57-37 – it was hard to imagine how they lost the war.
But Coach Topex Robinson was quick to pin down the deciding factor.
“Yes, we won by 20 rebounds but the key there is we missed 21 free throws,” Robinson said.
Indeed, Lyceum attempted a staggering 50 free throws, but only managed to convert 29.
Besides, the Pirates have thrown the ball over 23 times as well. On the other hand, the Stags only committed 8 turnovers the whole ball game.
“Yun ‘yung pinaka-summary nang laro. We had the effort but we missed the free throws,” the former PBA player turned coach added.
Despite the current dry spell they are into, Robinson is not keen on giving up just like that.
“We still have 5 games to play. Looking at where we are right now is far from our concern. Ang priority namin is how can we regroup. We will compete and will try to win as many games as possible,” said Robinson.
Currently at 7th spot, the Stags have a lot of catching up to do to realize their Final Four dreams.
“Of course, we still want to dream and hope that things will fall on our way. But first things first, how can we arrest this 3-game losing skid. That’s what we coaches are looking for. Kung saan kami pwedeng mag-improve,” added Robinson.
While he already got Joseph Gabayni back in the lineup, Robinson isn’t keen on putting a lot of pressure on the still recovering big man to arrest their skid. Gabayni only saw 3 minutes with Mike Nzeusseu eating up the major minutes at the slot.
“He’s not yet 100%. I don’t want to gamble him. Mike (Nzeusseu) is playing well. And Mike has been here since day 1 of our campaign. So I want to focus the minutes on him for the meantime,” the Pirates coach explained. – By John Bryan Ulanday
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