COACH’S TRUST PROVES VI­TAL FOR PI­RATES

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS - By Ma. An­gel­ica D. Gar­cia and Justin Robert Va­len­cia, trainees @INQUIRERS­ports —WITH A REPORT FROM IVAN RUIZ L. SU­ING

Lyceum coach Topex Robin­son is big on trust­ing his play­ers to make the right play. Jaycee Marcelino showed ev­ery­one why.

Marcelino poured 13 of his 24 points in the final frame to lift Lyceum past Emilio Aguinaldo Col­lege, 106-97, in the NCAA Sea­son 94 men’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment Fri­day at Filoil Fly­ing V Cen­tre in San Juan.

Marcelino’s scor­ing burst res­cued the Pi­rates af­ter the Gen­er­als pil­laged their 31point lead and trimmed it to just 80-77 head­ing into the final pe­riod.

“It was a big learn­ing for us be­cause we were ahead and yet we played com­pla­cently,” Marcelino said in Filipino. “We dou­bled our ef­fort in the fourth quar­ter to re­gain our lead and even­tu­ally win the game.”

Robin­son said he trusted his play­ers “to do the right thing” when the Gen­er­als made mul­ti­ple runs.

“As a coach, some­times you just have to bite your lip and trust your play­ers that they will find a way,” Robin­son said.

Mean­while, San Se­bas­tian held off St. Be­nilde, 85-77, as the Blaz­ers handed lim­ited min­utes to key cogs Cle­ment Leutcheu and Yankie Haruna due to dis­ci­plinary sanc­tions.

Blaz­ers head coach TY Tang, how­ever, did not dis­close the rea­son be­hind the sanc­tion and said that some things were just big­ger than win­ning ball games.

“This is the part wherein we’d rather dis­ci­pline more than be­ing out there on the court and com­pete to win,” Tang said.

More than good play­ers, Tang wants his wards to see the big­ger picture of things.

“We want them to be win- ners in life more than win­ners on the court,” he added.

Lyceum’s vic­tory put to waste Ha­madou Laminou’s 34point, 16-re­bound ef­fort for the Gen­er­als.

Af­ter suf­fer­ing a sea­so­nend­ing an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­jury on his right knee last year, the Cameroo­nian cen­ter is fo­cused in help­ing the Gen­er­als in any way he can.

“I don’t want to think about my in­jury any­more,” Laminou said. “I want to fo­cus on scor­ing.”

In the night­cap, new Per­pet­ual Help re­cruit Edgar Char­cos stepped up big to notch his first NCAA vic­tory—a 78-75 thriller against Le­tran.

Char­cos, a trans­feree from Univer­sity of the East, de­liv­ered 27 points on a nine-of-12 clip from the field. He had 22 in the first half alone.

“Be­ing trusted as the start­ing guard, I chal­lenged my­self to per­form well for my new school,” Char­cos said in Filipino.

—AU­GUST DELA CRUZ

St. Be­nilde’s Justin Gu­tang (right) fum­bles pos­ses­sion af­ter get­ting bumped on a drive by San Se­bas­tian’s Michael Cal­isaan.

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