Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson hopes key returnee CJ Perez could turn things around for the Pirates next season after bowing out of the NCAA Season 92 with a 6-12 record.
This early, the Pirates lineup are tagged as one of the loaded rosters and Robinson is excited for the limitless possibilities next year.
“Hopefully he’s gonna turn the things around, we have a lot of support with our recruitment,” Robinson said. “It’s something that I’m excited about, it keeps me growing kasi I know, given the opportunity next year, it’s gonna be a strong lineup.”
However, Perez has only one shot to redeem himself having consumed two of his playing years in San Sebastian and one year each when he sat out for the residency rule in Ateneo and Lyceum.
Considered as the heirloom to Calvin Abueva two years ago due to his agressive plays, Perez had to remain in the sidelines for a second straight year after failing to meet the academic requirements of Ateneo.
He averaged 18.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game in his second season for San Sebastian in 2014.
Meanwhile, Robinson said his misfortune in Season 92 made him a better person and promised to be a better coach if given the chance.
His two-year coaching contract for Lyceum expires at the end of the year.
“It’s not gonna stop me. I’ve learned a lot I’m sure it’s gonna make me a better coach, a better person, a better father,” he said. “A lot of experiences this season. If given the chance that I’ll still be the coach of this team, hopefully I’ll be a better coach.” – By John Chester Fajardo