Robinson gets 1st win over former team as Pirates rout Stags | Inquirer Sports

Robinson gets 1st win over former team as Pirates rout Stags

/ 04:43 PM August 28, 2015
San Sebastian guard Jamil Ortuoste walks with his head down after his Stags lost to the Lyceum Pirates Friday at the Arena in San Juan. Ortuoste was a former player of Topex Robinson, who now coaches the Pirates. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

San Sebastian guard Jamil Ortuoste walks with his head down after his Stags lost to the Lyceum Pirates Friday at the Arena in San Juan. Ortuoste was a former player of Topex Robinson, who now coaches the Pirates. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Lyceum kept San Sebastian scoreless in the final four and a half minutes to escape with a 71-67 victory Friday in the NCAA Season 91 men’s basketball tournament at San Juan Arena.

Cameroonian big man Jean Nguidjol shone the brightest with a stat-sheet stuffing performance with 15 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks to give the Pirates its third victory.

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“I guess we just didn’t give up. We were up by halftime, we fought back, and gave ourselves a chance to win,” said coach Topex Robinson.

It was a redemption of sorts for Robinson as he nailed his first win against his former team.

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However, the soft-spoken coach isn’t really fond of the storyline.

“It will never change because I’m still a Stag and we just got back at them today. It’s always a homecoming when I play San Sebastian,” said Robinson, whose Pirates lost to the Stags, 77-70, in the first round earlier in the month.

Mer Ayaay led Lyceum with 16 markers and seven boards, while Jebb Bulawan got 10 points and seven rebounds.

After the Stags fired a 21-3 run to take a 67-60 lead with 4:31 remaining, the Pirates then ran away with the game, taking the lead after a Shaq Alanes three with 1:53 to go.

Nguidjol blocked a potential game-tying undergoal stab from Ryan Costelo as Ayaay and Bulawan canned important freebies down the stretch.

Costelo paced San Sebastian (3-8) with 17 points and eight assists, while Jamil Ortuoste ended up with 12 markers.

The Scores:

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LYCEUM 71 – Ayaay 16, Nguidjol 15, Bulawan 10, Soliman 8, Taladua 8, Alanes 6, Baltazar 5, Mbida 3, Sunga 0, Malabanan 0, Lacastesantos 0, Lugo 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 67 – Costelo 17, Ortuoste 12, Calisaan 10, Guinto 8, Fabian 7, David 6, Pretta 3, Sibal 2, Capobres 2, Santos 0, Bulanadi 0.

Quarters: 22-9, 37-21, 57-47, 71-67.

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