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Mila’s purpose in PBA D-League in question after 47-point loss to Zark’s-LPU

Disappointment wafted through the air of the Pasig City Sports Center on Thursday afternoon, when the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers completely humiliated the Mila’s Lechon Mighty Roasters by an eye-popping 47-point margin, 102-55.

It was a painful game to watch given how the Mighty Roasters played. They were in it during the first 20 minutes, but it all changed in the second half as they visibly lost effort and interest in finding ways to shoot the ball.

Mila’s didn’t seem to care that they were there to play and respect the game. As a result, the spectators jeered the neophyte semi-pro club whenever they touched the ball, turning the game into a laughing stock until the final buzzer.

Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson was irate with what he had just seen. He even revealed that his players had alleged that some Mila’s players were instructing them to keep scoring, probably to reach whatever spread was talked about.

But the former PBA cager also pointed out that the Jawbreakers do not have any control over the actions of their opposition, insisting that they are more concerned with how they will play their own brand of basketball.

“We don’t have control of how they play basketball. What we have control [is our own],” he said.

“We don’t have control of what the other team will do… Kasi again, basketball has been good to us and we want to give back to basketball.

“And the people here came to watch us play, so we’re here to give them what they came here for. So we’re gonna play our basketball no matter if they (other team) don’t wanna play basketball,” continued Robinson.

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Mila’s Lechon are now buried deep in the 2018 Aspirants’ Cup standings with a 0-4 card. And in those losses — which were dealt by JRU, Gamboa Coffee, Perpetual, and now Zark’s — they have lost an average margin of 26.25 points.

The Commissioner’s Office has become alarmed, which is why, according to league officials, the team’s management will be summoned tomorrow for a discussion.

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