HAD Robert Bolick known how many points he have scored, he would have refused to be taken out of the court.
It's the realization the former San Beda guard had when he reminisced on his superb scoring day that fateful August 24, 2018.
"Kung alam ko lang na 50 points na pala ako, hindi na ako magpapa-sub, Paabutin ko na ng 60, pipilitin ko na, di ba?," he told The Prospects Pod.
Celebrating "Mamba Day," the moustached maestro of the Red Lions tore the Arellano Chiefs to shreds in that unassuming elimination round duel in NCAA Season 94.
Yet Bolick said he hardly did anything special before the game.
"Hindi naman ako scorer na scorer talaga eh. More of facilitator lang ako, screen tapos pasa," he said. "Hindi ko alam yung panahon na yun. Nanood lang ako ng DOTA nung gabi, kumain ako ng hotdog sa taas ng Filoil. Tapos syempre first half, ilang points lang ba ako?"
It felt like any normal NCAA game, with Bolick already having 13 points to his name after the first two quarters.
And then, the "Mamba" in him came alive.
"Second half, gulat ako shoot. May ganoon talaga. Kahit anong bato, di mo namalayan, shoot pa rin. So ako, shoot lang ng shoot. Hindi ko na namalayan anong nangyayari kasi sa Filoil wala namang scoreboard," he said.
Bolick singlehandedly turned the game from a close contest to a blowout, with San Beda taking the 98-79 victory.
He capped that performance with back-to-back treys before coach Boyet Fernandez pulled him out with 40 seconds remaining.
It was only then when his achievement dawned on him.
"Pagupo ko ng bench, akala ko 30 lang. Sabi nila sa akin, 'Brod, gumawa ka ng 50.' Sabi ko, 'Ha, 50? Paano niyo nalaman?' Tumingin ako kay coach Boyet, sabi ko bakit mo ko sinub? Eh di sana itaas ko pa sana, ititira ko pa sana," he said.
Bolick, however, remained on the bench as the clock trickled down at Filoil Flying V Centre.
His final statline? He made 18-of-25 shots, five of which were three-pointers, including all of his nine free throws made.
All in all, he scored 37 points in the second half, two points shy of Arellano's entire output in those third and fourth periods.
Aside from his scoring prowess, Bolick also collected four rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the win.
Now playing for NorthPort, the third overall pick of the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft has not come close to that scoring feat since, with his highest in the pro ranks being 26 points in his PBA debut against Blackwater.
Still, the Ormoc pride could smile, hoping that soon, he will once again have those kind of days.
"Siguro kahit saan ko na ibato yun masu-shoot. Ganoon yun eh, kung araw, araw mo talaga. Kahit tabingi siguro, ma-shoot pa rin," Bolick said.