BOYET Fernandez said it best: “Declare August 24 as Robert Bolick’s day.”
The do-it-all guard silenced every doubter of his with a historic 50-point performance in San Beda’s 98-79 trouncing of Arellano on Friday.
The mark just went five points shy of the long-standing NCAA record of 55 points set by La Salle’s Lim Eng Beng in 1974 and was the most scored by any player since JRU’s John Wilson shot 48 back in 2009.
It’s easy to see Bolick reveling on a night where he earned his spot in the history books, but rather than celebrating on what he has accomplished, he remained mindful of his shortcomings, zooming in on the six turnovers he committed and the way the Red Lions defended the Chiefs in the game, allowing them to score 79 points on a 44-percent shooting clip.
“Siguro dapat kong ayusin lang yung taking care of the ball,” he said. “Masaya si coach kasi maganda ang nilaro ko, but at the back of his mind alam ko galit siya kasi 79 points ang Arellano. Hindi kami dumepensa ngayon. Hindi kami ganito.”
Bolick knows better not to relish on any one-game performances, acknowledging that when you’re wearing the San Beda red-and-whites, nothing counts more than a championship.
That’s why discounting his 50-point output, what mattered more for him was the Red Lions redeeming themselves after a 73-66 defeat to fierce rival Lyceum three days back.
“Sa school namin, pag talo ka, di tumatanggap ng talo ang San Beda because of the winning culture. Alam ni coach Boyet yan. How many years na kami nagdominate sa NCAA? So kahit isang talo lang, ang dami na naming naririnig na sinasabi sa amin,” he said.
But rather than be down from these criticisms, Bolick said that his group embraces those doubters more as they are using all of those as a motivation for them to excel and overachieve.
“Gusto namin ito eh, yung dina-doubt kami na ganun galling sa talo. Ok sa amin yun. Sa circle namin, we know kung anong kailangan naming gawin and hopefully, mas lalong dumami ang haters naming para lalo kaming ganahan. Ok sa amin yun dahil nakakadagdag sila ng inspirasyon sa team namin para mag-perform.”
Still, there’s no one else Bolick would dedicate this inspiring performance to than his alma mater San Beda, which welcomed him in when no one else wanted to. “Sila ang tumanggap sa akin kaya para sa kanila ito. Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila dahil binigyan nila ako ng opportunity,” he said.
Fernandez, meanwhile, couldn’t help but be in awe of Bolick, saying that in his coaching career, there’s just no one quite like his ace skipper.
“Marami namang players na magagaling. Pero syempre, iba rin yung forte ni Robert. He is an all-around player. Di niya iniisip yung scoring because he’s the facilitator for this team and he’s our anchor on defense,” the veteran mentor said.
“You cannot compare other players to him. Nag-iisa lang ang Robert Bolick.”
Bolick, though, said that he’s just blessed to achieve this feat and this day will always hold a special place in his heart.
“For me, di ako scorer cause I’m more of a facilitator. But for once you get going, yun na yun, tuloy-tuloy na,” he said. “Swerte talaga ngayong araw na ito. Hindi ko talaga makakalimutan yung date na ito.”