ROBERT Bolick was the ultimate personification of workhorse in San Beda’s 81-74 win over Letran in the NCAA Season 93 on Tuesday.
The do-it-all combo guard played 38 and a half minutes in their rivalry match and delivered the goods on both ends as he paced the Red Lions with 22 points on an efficient 8-12 shooting from the field, to go along with five boards and five assists while doing a tremendous job defending Rey Nambatac on the other side of the court.
For the 20-year old pride of Ormoc, Leyte, playing heavy minutes is something that he can sustain for the season and he credits good preparation from his coaches for being in the shape of his life.
“Yes (Kaya naman). Andyan naman ang mga coaches namin, maganda naman ang training camp namin nung summer, tapos papunta dito, maganda yung mga training namin. Alam naman ni coach Boyet paano kami aalagaan eh,” said Bolick after the match.
Bolick admitted that he also found extra motivation in playing against a great player like Nambatac who’s known as one of the craftiest cagers in the league.
Like all of the players he’s faced in the past, from Jio Jalalon in the finals, to his clashes with the La Salle stars in the preseason, Bolick has always played his best when presented with a tough challenge.
“Pag kalaban mo kasi ang mga magagaling na player, like Rey, mai-inspire ka na maglaro eh. So yun lang talaga.”
San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez admitted that he might have played Bolick a little bit too long, but said that it stemmed from his trust to his do-it-all guard.
“I really overworked Robert today at the point, but I know he’s always giving me his best every time,” Fernandez said.
Bolick has no complaints, though, as he's all about trusting his coach’s decision knowing that he’s playing under a mentor who’s won championships in this level in the past.
“Nag-champion na naman siya sa D-League at sa NCAA dahil decision niya yun eh. So whatever is coach’s decision, gawin lang namin ng tama. Tingnan mo naman ang nangyayari, nananalo naman kami. We just have to follow his system and continue to play as a team.”