ROBERT Bolick and CJ Perez are under no illusion that their chance at making it to the Fiba Basketball World Cup is strong after being part of the 11 players that went to Spain for a training camp.
Due to the absence of players from TNT and San Miguel currently playing in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals, only 11 of the 19 players in the pool made the trip to Spain that also saw Gilas play in a pocket tournament.
That was the opportunity Bolick and Perez needed to boost their credentials before national coach Yeng Guiao, who bared that the two PBA rookies are in the running for spots in the Fiba Basketball World Cup.
Bolick and Perez, though, are taking a conservative approach.
“Bahala na si coach Yeng. Desisyon niya ‘yun,” said Bolick, NorthPort's rookie sensation. “Kung ano naman ang desisyon ni coach Yeng, support ako. I’m here to support the team in any way I can.”
“Siyempre gusto ko mag-fight sa spot pero if ever, kung ano man desisyon, walang problema sa akin,” Bolick added.
Perez said: “Para sa akin, wala naman kasiguraduhan pero gawin mo pa rin best mo para sa team. Hindi ko naman naisip na lumaki ang chance pero gagawin ko talaga ang best ko every practice, every tune-up game.
"Kung mabigyan tayo ng chance na mapasama sa lineup, magandang blessing ‘yun.”
The NorthPort and Columbian rookies said they cherish the experience of being part of the training camp in Spain where they were pitted against world-class competition in Congo and Ivory Coast.
“Ginawa ko lang, linaro ko lang ‘yung laro ko. Tinignan ko kung hanggang saan kaya,” said Bolick.
Perez said that despite being one of the top rookies in the PBA, he realized he still has a lot to work on after being exposed to international play.
“Dun ko na-realize na marami pa akong kailangan gawin at baguhin kung paano ako maglaro. ‘Yung competition, napakataas, ‘yung physicality, malalaki kalaban. Every game dapat matuto,” Perez said.