Find out why Robert Bolick wore NCAA rival Jio Jalalon's jersey in Gilas practice
Former college rivals Robert Bolick and Jio Jalalon hook up in the Gilas pool. Marlo Cueto

FANS couldn't help but look back at the 2016 NCAA men's basketball finals when they saw Robert Bolick wearing a Jio Jalalon jersey during Gilas Pilipinas' last practice.

The two figured in an epic finals battle just two years ago which San Beda won behind the heroics of Bolick, in the process depriving Jalalon of a championship before turning pro. 

Now part of two Gilas pools, Bolick and Jalalon were seen chatting in between drills in the light practice supervised by head coach Chot Reyes at the Meralco Gym.

It was quite an interesting sight, the reason a handful of curious reporters asked why the San Beda star was wearing his former college rival's jersey.

"Wala, wala yung jersey ko e," he said with a laugh.

Turning serious, the King Lion said the jersey has been with him for a long time now. 

Aside from the fact that it was the first shirt he picked up on his way to practice, Bolick also wore it to pay homage to one of the many players he looks up to.

"Idol naman lahat ng mga players dito e. Tapos bisaya din sya. Yung pinagdaanan nya sa basketball pare-parehas lang kami e," he said.

"Malayo na yung inabot nya sa basketball. Lahat naman dito gusto gayahin yung ibang players e. Ginagawa ko lang inspiration mga players dito. Makakatulong sila sa career ko." 

Fans, though, will have to wait one more year to see the two go up against each other - or play together - on the parquet floor again.

Between now and then, Bolick will do everything in his power to win one more championship for the Red Lions.

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