ROBERT Bolick expects nothing but the best from CJ Perez when the ‘Baby Beast’ returns to action in Game Two of the NCAA Season 94 finals on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The championship series was supposed to be the showcase of the two top prospects in college but that had to wait until Game Two as Perez was suspended for failing to inform the NCAA that he’s applying for the PBA draft.
Expectedly, the Red Lions won handily, 73-60, to move a game away from winning their third straight title under coach Boyet Fernandez.
“Siyempre gusto ko yung best niya, gusto ko yung pinakabest niya para makapagcompete. Kung ano yung best niya, yun yung gusto ko makita on Monday,” said Bolick who rued the missed chance to play against Perez in one of the last games of their storied collegiate careers.
“Siyempre pag may kalaban kang magaling na player may matutunan ka rin, yun ang gusto ko mangyari,” he added. “Di rin magpapatalo yun. Last year niya e, ayaw din niyang maging last game yun, kami naman gusto namin maging last game yun.”
For Bolick, he would have rather faced a complete Lyceum team – never mind the fact that it would be so much harder for them to win.
“If CJ is there, yun yung gusto namin eh. If we lose then it’s okay kasi competitive kami eh. Gusto namin kung sino pinaka magaling, yun yung kakalabanin namin,” said Bolick.
Bolick said that Lyceum looked lost in the first half – and understandably so – as they played without Perez for the first time this season.
He gave props to the Pirates though for putting up a spirited fight in the second half which ultimately fell short in the end.
“Nung first half nanibago sila, first time nila naglaro na wala si CJ, sa amin ilang beses hindi ako naglaro, si Mocon di naglaro so alam na namin k. Sila first time palang tapos finals pa,” Bolick sai.d
“Pero ganun yung pinakita nila, so maganda yung respeto na pinakita nila,” he added.
The outspoken 6-foot-1 guard just can’t wait for Monday in what could be his final meeting with Perez in the NCAA.
He expects it to be tough but he vows to not give an inch.
“So bring it on Monday and of course kami we will not back down. Our team is built for championships so it’s gonna be a good fight on Monday.”