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No regrets for Perez, Lyceum after finals loss: ‘It was a good experience for us’

It may come as a surprise, but CJ Perez still had a smile on his face as he exited Smart Araneta Coliseum Thursday night
And he had every reason to still feel happy despite the Finals loss, seeing how big of a turnaround Lyceum pulled off this NCAA Season 93.

“We’re happy because we gave it our best,” said Perez said in Filipino after the Pirates ended their perfect 18-0 season with a runner up finish, losing to San Beda, 82-92 in Game 2.

CJ Perez (center) Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net
Failing to cap off the historic eliminations romp with a title seems like a disappointment, but Perez said Lyceum can still hold its head high knowing that the result of coach Topex Robinson’s culture change exceeded everyone’s expectations.

“We don’t regret anything. Even though we lost, at least we gave it our all. We failed, but it was a good experience for us,” said Perez

Joining the NCAA in 2011, the Pirates paid their dues going from cellar-dwellers to dark horses. Even up until last year, their 6-12 finish came with the ignominy of being the lone squad to lose to erstwhile-winless St. Benilde.

Author: Randolph B. Leongson, Inquirer
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/272703/no-regrets-perez-lyceum-finals-loss-good-experience-us

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