Lyceum of the Philippines University believes that discipline is the key to success while Jose Rizal Uni-versity (JRU) is bent on reaching the finals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 92 men’s basketball tournament.
With inexperienced players in his employ, former professional player now Lyceum coach Topex Robinson said that the way to improve the team’s last year’s 4-14 win-loss record is through discipline.
“Alaska is a well-disciplined team and everybody knows that. I’m part of the coaching staff and definitely discipline plays a big part to its success. As a coach of Lyceum, I will also implement it to my players and staff,” Robinson told The Manila Times.
Robinson is pertaining to Alaska’s winning tradition in the Philippine Basketball Association that is based on discipline.
“Character, discipline will take us to winning that’s why I’m confident of our chances this season,” added Robinson. “Right now, I have players who can contribute well in offense and defense. We will try to be better and win as many games as we can.”
The Pirates removed Dexter Zamora as a corrective action while Joseph Gabayni will be unable to play after being involved in a motorcycle accident. Robinson did not mention the cause of Zamora’s ejection.
Paul Soliman and Mer Ayaay, the team’s two captains, will be supported by Wilson Baltazar, Cameroonian rookie Mike Harry Nzeusseu, Shaq Alanes, Edcor Marata, Allyn Malabanan, Johann Rubite and Jebb Bulawan.
Meanwhile, JRU coach Vergel Meneses has bright forecast for his wards this season.
“We’re the least visible team in the pre-season so I’m surprised people consider us a favorite,” said the 6’2 Meneses, also a former basketball player and a PBA Most Valuable Player in 1995.
Bernabe Teodoro, Jordan Dela Paz and Paolo Pontejos are expected to deliver huge performance for the Heavy Bombers anew. Mark Neil Cruz, James Astilla, Richard Ervin, Ervin Gorospe and Cameroonian Abdel Poutouochi will support them. Last year, they led the Heavy Bombers to a 12-6 win-loss record and a Final Four appearance.
But they were beaten by San Beda College in the semis.
“We will try again this coming season and we’re hoping the players will step up.”
Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), on the other hand, seeks to improve its 2-16 win-loss record this season. The Generals will be under newly appointed head coach Ariel Sison, who replaced Andy De Guzman.
EAC will be banking on the prowess of Francis Munsayac, Sidney Onwubere and returning Igee King this season.
The 92nd Season of the NCAA will unfold on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.