AS competitive as they come, former San Beda studs Javee Mocon and Robert Bolick wanted nothing but to gain the upperhand over the other in their first face-off in the PBA on Friday night.
Numbers-wise, Bolick had the edge as he collected nine points, six assists, and four rebounds to Mocon's meager two points and two boards.
But it was Mocon's side which came out on top as Rain or Shine took the 107-100 win over NorthPort in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.
"Ang weird eh. Weird feeling," said Mocon of this first faceoff with Bolick. "Every game, lagi kaming nagtutulungan. Ngayon, bakbakan na sa loob. It's all business na talaga when you're on the court. Wala namang personalan."
Mocon only had a few tussles against Bolick on the floor as his minutes dropped when James Yap got hot, scoring 19 points on a 6-of-9 shooting from downtown.
Limited as those minutes were, the 23-year-old forward relished every second of that tussle.
"Competitive kami parehas. We're both competitors. Alam ko siya will go all out. Ako rin naman. Pero kahit sikuhin ko siya kanina, wala yun sa amin," he said while admitting that his overeagerness got the better of him in this game.
"I think every game, yun ang problem ko eh. Going to the game, I want to magpakita na agad. I think I have to learn from that."
Bolick said he never put too much thought on the exchange, with his main focus always on helping the Batang Pier get a win.
"Wala muna. Wala akong feeling (sa matchup) kasi talo," he said before politely excusing himself.
But Bolick certainly hasn't heard the last of Mocon.
"Icha-chat ko siya mamaya. Aasarin ko siya," Mocon said with a sly smile.