WINNING the MVP award in NCAA Season 93 is the farthest thing on San Beda star Robert Bolick's mind even if the chance to win it might have been unfairly taken away from him on Tuesday.
With his ejection in San Beda's 72-58 win over College of St. Benilde after a scuffle with Carlo Young, Bolick practically ruled him out from any individual accolades for the season. But the Red Lions top playmaker insisted that he has bigger goals than winning awards.
NCAA rules state that a player who will be suspended will automatically be ineligible to win any individual awards.
San Beda fans were dismayed with the game officials call to send Bolick to the dugout after the scuffle, more so since the all-around guard is running sixth in the MVP race with averages of 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game.
The school will be expected to appeal, but for Bolick, he doesn't really care about the outcome anymore.
"Sinabi ko naman sa team ko, sinasabihan nila ako na sayang naman kasi mage-MVP ka, sayang. Sabi ko, ‘I'm not playing to win an MVP.’ Ayaw ko naman maglaro para mag-MVP ako this season. I couldn’t really care less," said Bolick.
"I'm not playing for an MVP. I'm just playing to win. MVP, I don't really care. Bigay mo na sa kung sino 'yan, I don't really care," he added.
Bolick also clarified that he doesn't hold any grudges to Young, saying he understands where the CSB guard may be coming from.
"Kilala naman si Young eh, ganoon naman talaga siya maglaro eh. Bisaya siya, ganun talaga kami maglaro. He took me down, I don't care, it's part of the game... ginanon niya ako, okay lang naman sa akin yun."
For him, they could take away the individual accolades from him, but they will never take away his drive this season.
"One thing is, they will never take the will or the love of the game sa basketball na binibigay ko, the love for the game that I bring to my teammates, coaches and staff."