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    Bolick eager to prove he's more than just a Gilas injury replacement

    Aug 27, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    ROBERT Bolick vowed not to let Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao down after being selected in the final 12 of the national squad for the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup.

    The NorthPort rookie made it to the final 12 of Gilas Pilipinas for the World Cup after the team was ravaged with injuries during the build-up.

    Bolick said he will do all his best not to let Guiao down for selecting him in the World Cup. The PBA rookie said he also speaks for his fellow rookie Perez.

    “Ibibigay ko talaga lahat. Andito na ako eh,” said Bolick after Tuesday’s practice at the Meralco Gym. “Hindi ko ipapahiya ‘yung desisyon ni coach Yeng na isali kami. Ipapakita namin na tama ‘yung desisyon niya na pinasok kami na alam ko naman na dahil sa injuries.

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      “Pero kahit na. Ipapakita namin sa kanya na nandito kami para kay coach Yeng. Pakita namin sa kanya na magpapakamatay kami para sa team. Ibibigay namin ‘yung best namin,” Bolick said.

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      Despite the circumstances that led to his selection, Bolick said he felt fortunate to become part of the Gilas roster for the World Cup.

      “Nagpapasalamat kami kay coach Yeng kasi volunteer lang kami dito,” said Bolick after Tuesday’s practice at the Meralco Gym. “Kulang sila. It’s an honor for us na nandito kami. Siguro blessing in disguise sa amin dahil nagka-injuries. Timing lang siguro kami. Hindi namin ginusto na ma-injured sila. Gusto namin sila maglaro. Gusto lang namin makatulong sa team.”

      “Eventually, binigyan kami ng biyaya ng Diyos. Suwerte kami nakasali kami dito,” said Bolick.

      Bolick said he also became more motivated to work even harder as he will show to everyone that he deserves the spot by not resting his laurels.

      “Ang sarap ng feeling pero lalo ako nagutom, lalo ako naging motivated na magtrabaho dahil ako ‘yung pinakabata sa team,” said the 23-year-old Bolick. “I’m the youngest. Hindi pa rin magbabago. I’m going to play my best. It’s either we win or we learn.”

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      Bolick said he also doesn’t mind the pressure of being part of the World Cup team.

      “Para sa akin, ‘yun ang pinakamasarap na maglaro talaga sa World Cup. Magagaling ‘yung mga player, mga NBA players, ‘yung mga iniidolo mo, pinapanood mo sa playoffs, ngayon kalabon mo na. Masarap laruin ‘yun. Bakbakan talaga ‘yun,” said Bolick.

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