As the Lyceum Pirates headed back into the finals, coach Topex Robinson earned a lot of respect as head coach of a team which nobody expected get very far last year.
As a show of gratitude, school officials forged a new partnership with Robinson, who will stay on as head coach for the next five years.
As Robinson contemplates on becoming the newly created position of Director of Basketball Operations of the LPU system, the fate of the Pirates in the Final Four semifinals is still in his mind.
That’s after the defending champion San Beda Red Lions pounced on a pair of turnovers to put away the Lyceum Pirates, 75-68, last Thursday at the Arena in San Juan.
The Red Lions, who will face the University of Perpetual Help Altas in the Final Four, took the no 1. seeding with their 16-1 win-loss record, with still a game left in their schedule.
The Pirates, getting 16 points from Mike Nzeusseu and 14 from Jaycee Marcelino, finished the eliminations with a 15-3 win-loss card.
The second seeded Pirates will now six days of rest before they meet the third-seeded Letran Knights in the Final Four.
In accepting his new role, Robinson will oversee the staffs of all the LPU teams, both junior and seniors’ squads.
The “Love, Serve, Care” mantra that Robinson instilled in the Pirates has propelled them to unprecedented heights.
From the bottom of the league in NCAA Season 92, the Pirates made history in Season 93 with an 18-game elimination-round sweep and a finals berth.
This year, the Pirates are contenders again, after finishing second in the elimination round with a 15-3 record and with a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four that starts next week.
Also under Robinson, LPU won the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup last May.
“We are happy to have extended a new contract to Coach Topex,” said LPU President and Attorney Robert P. Laurel in a statement.
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