Robert Bolick vows payback as poor defense on Racal guards ruins night for newly minted MVP
Robert Bolick led Cignal-San Beda with 18 points but took the blame for the loss due to his poor defense on Racal guards Rey Nambatac and Kent Salado. Dante Peralta

NOT even his MVP plum could console Robert Bolick after Cignal-San Beda bowed to Racal, 100-90 in Game Two of the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup finals on Monday. 

Bolick, who received the highest individual honor before the game, was a picture of frustration following the loss that extended the series to a deciding match. 

"Ayaw ko ng MVP, gusto ko championship," said Bolick after he emerged from his team's dugout at the Filoil Flying V Centre. 

But the 21-year-old cager, known more as a defensive lynchpin, didn't look anywhere else as he took the blame for the loss. 

The San Beda guard said his primary job was to limit Racal's backcourt duo Rey Nambatac and Kent Salado, but the two combined for 39 points to spearhead the Tile Masters’ attack. 

"Kasalanan ko, hindi kasalanan ng team ko kasi di ako dumepensa," said Bolick, who topscored for the Hawkeyes with 18 points. "Naka-score lang ng naka-score sila Rey at Salado. Defender ako pero naka-score silang ganun (sa akin)." 

"Bonus na lang yun (MVP) dahil sa hardwork. Pero pinagmukha kong tanga yung coaches namin kasi di ko ginawa game plan. Pinagmuhka kong tanga yung teammates ko kasi di ako naging leader sa team," he added.

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But Bolick vowed the Hawkeyes will come out stronger in Game Three with the championship on the line. 

"Pinagtatawanan nila kami kaya babawi kami sa Game Three. Manonood kami sa tape para makita kung ano mali. We'll come back stronger," he said. 

Game Three is on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.  

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