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Topex Robinson Encourages La Salle to Cherish Their Journey to the Finals

In his first UAAP Finals appearance, La Salle coach Topex Robinson is eager for the Green Archers to “enjoy the moment” as they attempt to end a seven-year title drought against top seed University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons in the Season 86 Finals beginning on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. Robinson took La Salle back to the Finals after a six-year absence when the Green Archers defeated National University, 97-73 in their Final Four clash on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “For six years we haven’t reached the finals so we just wanna make sure that we have to remember what brought us here, what brought us the wins, the culture that we built, winning is going to be the byproduct of that. We’re gonna go through a lot of challenges but we have to always remind ourselves that we have to always enjoy the moments that we share together,” said Robinson. “Just like what I always remind them, you’re always going to go back in your UAAP career, wherever you go, so we wanna make sure we enjoy each and every moment.” The Green Archers are brimming with confidence with nine straight wins, including a second-round sweep going into the first-ever UP-La Salle Finals series, which Robinson wants his players to put behind them when facing the three-time defending Finalists, the Fighting Maroons. Robinson wants his wards to outwork the star-studded Fighting Maroons, led by Malick Diouf and Francis Lopez, and put a premium on rebounding, especially coming off a dominant win against NU which saw the tendency of La Salle getting outrebounded by the Bulldogs, 41-42. “No rebounds, no rings. We have to make sure that we work on it. Having those big guys for UP is going to be a big challenge for us. But again that’s just one of the things that we need to take care of, that team is loaded with really superstar players,” said Robinson. “We just have to make sure that the only way to beat that team is to outwork them and that’s going to be our main focus, just doing the right thing all the time even if we don’t feel like doing it. We just have to bring our discipline against UP.”