ROBERT Bolick was quick to put the blame on himself for San Beda’s sour offense in a close win over Perpetual Help on Tuesday in the NCAA basketball tournament.
Despite getting the scoring honors for the game with 15 points and a key defensive stop late, the 6-foot do-it-all guard was still hard on himself after the match for not running the Red Lion offense like he used to.
Averaging a league-leading five assists a game, Bolick just had two as San Beda wound up with just 11 dimes.
Without their usual ball movement, the Red Lions made just 17 of their 65 attempts good for 26 percent with Bolick accounting for the 13 of those misses, making just five of his 18 shots.
“Blame niyo na sa akin 'yun kasi my role since pumasok si Coach Boyet (Fernandez) or kahit noong dati pa ako yung player who wants to get my teammates involved, and hindi ko ginawa 'yun ngayon,” said Bolick after the match.
“I was looking for my shots, forcing my shots, it's my fault, kaya kami ganoon. I should get my teammates involved,” he added.
But Bolick knows games like this will come considering the length of the season.
The 21-year-old Bolick is just thankful that his teammates are still here to give him confidence despite a bad game , and says he understands that games like this will only make him better in the long haul.
“Of course, this is an 18-game season, I'm human, I make mistakes. But again, no one to blame but me. I took a lot of shots in the fourth quarter, hindi naman dapat ganoon pwede. But I love my teammates, they still support me even though ganoon,”he said.
“Human lang ako, I make mistakes, but again, this thing, I like na nangyari 'yung mga ganito, kasi this will help me improve as a player and know my mistakes,” he added.
He was quick to tip his hat off to the strangling Perpetual defense, and admitted to taking he Altas lightly.
“They're a good defensive team eh. They force you to one-on-ones, and that's not us, and that's a credit to them. But again, that's why they're a good defensive team because of that. But we should be better,” Bolick continued.
“I thought it will be a walk in the park eventually, because wala na sila, out na sila. But then they came out, that's why I love playing Perpetual. They're a good defensive team.”