ROBERT Bolick finally came up with a big game for NorthPort on Wednesday night -and it couldn't have come at a better time.
With the Batang Pier needing a win to secure an outright berth in the quarterfinals, the rookie from San Beda finished with 24 points including a crucial trey with 52.9 seconds left to secure a 100-97 win over Barangay Ginebra.
It was Bolick’s best game since his first-ever match in the PBA where he finished with 26 points in a 117-91 win over Blackwater last January 16.
The 23-year-old has struggled to make an impact in games since, but he said the All-Star break gave him the opportunity to get his act together, thanks to a very long talk with NorthPort star Stanley Pringle in Calasiao, Pangasinan.
Bolick stayed on after competng in the Three-Point Shootout and in Rookies/ Sophomores vs Juniors Game since he also played in the 3x3 side event, giving him an opportunity to talk with All-Star teammate Pringle.
“Siguro nakuha ko ‘yung kumpiyansa ko nung All-Star. Me and Stanley, we talked siguro mga eight hours. Puro basketball pinag-usapan namin at sa team. Siya lang talaga ‘yung linu-look up ko. Ibang klase si Stanley on and off the court. I admire ‘yung sa basketball, how passionate he is.”
Inspired by the words of Pringle, Bolick said he used their long talk during the All-Star break as a fuel for Wednesday’s match.
“Dun ko nakuha lahat ‘yung ano ko. Sabi ko, sige Wednesday, pakita ko sa kanila. Deserving naman ako na ka-backcourt ko siya. Lahat ng laro ko from now on, dahil kay Stanley,” said Bolick.
“Ibang klase talaga. Hindi niyo lang alam dahil tahimik si Stanley pero kaming dalawa lang, ibang klase,” he added.
Against Ginebra, Bolick was spot on with four three-pointers, none bigger than the one he hit late with the Batang Pier trailing by two.
Bolick said he also used his close loss to Magnolia veteran PJ Simon in the Three-Point Shootout as extra fuel. He missed the last colored ball that could've given him the win in the shootout, but he was happy to make the crucial shot on Wednesday.
“Kumpiyansa lang. Tinira ko lang. Sa three-point contest, na-miss ko ‘yung last shot eh. At least, nakabawi ako ngayon,” said Bolick.