Robert Bolick plays on despite bum stomach, fires up Red Lions super-sub Clint Doliguez
Robert Bolick may have scored far less than his average due to a bum stomach but his gutsy play inspired San Beda hero Clint Doliguez. Dante Peralta

ROBERT Bolick’s competitive nature took over as the San Beda cager played on despite a severe case of diarrhea and vomiting to help the Red Lions in a crucial win over Jose Rizal University in the NCAA Season 93 seniors basketball tournament on Friday.

Bolick suited up in the Red Lions' 54-48 victory over the Heavy Bombers even though he has not been well since Thursday due to a bum stomach.

"Masama pa rin pakiramdam ko," said Bolick, who added that he had 30 trips to the toilet the day before the match. “After ng game, papa-confine na siguro ako."

Bolick rested at home on Thursday and didn't attend practice for the JRU game due to his condition, while his teammates Ben Adamos, Calvin Oftana, and JB Bahio were all hospitalized due to the same affliction.

"Sabay kami kumain. Magkakasama kami tapos sila lang na-confine. Ako, hindi nagpa-confine, mas gusto ko magpahinga sa bahay," said Bolick.

On his way to the Filoil Flying V Centre and throughout, Bolick felt uncomfortable but soldiered on, driven by his will to win.

"Sama nga eh (ng pakiramdam ko),” said Bolick. “Gagawin mo lahat para manalo, lahat na ng kakahiyan gagawin ko."

[See Clint Doliguez takes charge for ailing San Beda as Red Lions hold off Heavy Bombers]

San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez said he was concerned about the condition of his players and how it will affect the Red Lions against the Heavy Bombers. But after watching Bolick play through his condition, the Red Lions mentor was all praises for his top gun, who finished with six points, way below his average of 15.4 a game.

"Robert should not be playing today. Actually, four are sick. We still have to check out what is bothering them. We are just lucky. Probably, Robert was forcing himself to play. At least, we passed this one. We were really worried about this game and the health of the players," said Fernandez.

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Fortunately for the Red Lions, Clint Doliguez came to the rescue of his ailing teammates as he exploded for a career-high 22 points in the win.

Averaging just 8.6 points in 16.4 minutes prior to the JRU game, Doliguez ended up as the only San Beda scorer in double figures in the low-scoring affair. His teammates, however, were no longer surprised.

"Clint is always there from Game 1 to now," said San Beda veteran Javee Mocon. "If given the opportunity, we should grab it."

Doliguez, who transferred from Ateneo to play for San Beda, said it was natural for him to give more to the team especially with top gun Bolick playing sick and Adamos, Oftana, and Bahio sitting out.

"Since maraming kulang, kailangan may punan sa team. Kailangan talaga mag-step up bawat isa sa amin 'yung mga ready to play. Ginawa namin 'yung makakaya namin," said Doliguez.

While it is his offense that is taking notice, the former Hope Christian High School standout said he is emphasizing more on defense when he gets the opportunity to play.

"Actually halos every game naman, ready ako basta mabigyan ako ng chance na mapasok, ibibigay ko lahat lalo na sa depensa. 'Yung offense, bonus na lang sa akin 'yun," he added.

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