ROBERT Bolick had mixed feelings after NorthPort’s slim defeat against the Bay Area Dragons that Myles Powell clinched with a difficult three-pointer at the buzzer on Saturday.
Bolick was happy to live up to the promise that NorthPort will give Bay Area a good fight after it won by 46 points against Blackwater in its opener. But he was disappointed that the Batang Pier failed to finish the job and lost to the Dragons, 106-105.
“Nagulat sila, di ba? [Pero] hindi kami okay doon. Panalo na kami eh,” said Bolick. “Sama umuwi ng ganun. Dapat tinambakan na lang namin.”
Bolick rued NorthPort has always fallen victim to game-winning shots ever since he became part of the team in 2019.
“Wala eh, ganun talaga. Binigay namin ‘yung best namin. Laro lang kami. Sana manalo naman kami ng close game. Ilang beses na kami dito sa NorthPort na natalo ng game-winner. Hindi ko na mabilang,” said Bolick.
“Magnolia, San Miguel, tapos ngayon eto naman, bisita pa,” said Bolick, recalling the other gamses that NorthPort lost on buzzer beaters. “Wala eh, ganun talaga ang basketball. Kung hindi para sa 'yo, hindi talaga para sa 'yo.”
“Ilang beses na nangyari sa amin ‘yun. Nakakapagod na talaga sa totoo lang,” said Bolick.
From an individual point of view, Bolick said he was still happy that he was able to hold his own against the Bay Area Dragons and their import Myles Powell, a former NBA player.
Bolick showed sportsmanship at the end of the game, approaching Powell during the postgame press conference to congratulate him.
“Ganun naman talaga eh, basketball ito,” said Bolick. “Kahit nung last ko, naka-shoot, lumapit naman si [Javee] Mocon sa akin. Ganun talaga eh. Basketball lang ‘yan. Kahit saan ka man naglalaro, kapag alam nila player ka, konting respeto lang. Away kayo sa loob after ng game, props na lang. Kasi ang hirap ng tira niya, na-shoot.”
Bolick said he lives for the moments where he is tested by skilled players, citing the opportunity to play in the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup.
“Kailangan mo rin ipakita na hindi ka rin takot. Hindi naman kinakatakutan ‘yung ganun. Basketball naman ‘to. Hindi naman nagpapatayan doon. ‘Yun ang gusto ko talaga," said the former San Beda star.
"Nung World Cup kami, ibang klase mga nakalaban namin, two-time MVP na nga si [Nikola] Jokic, di ba? ‘Yun ‘yung maganda sa basketball. Kapag nakalaban ka ng ganung klaseng player kasi nakikita mo kung saang level ka as a player, anong level ka na ba, kaya mo bang mag-compete sa mga ganung klaseng player.”
“Si Powell, NBA player din ata, di ba. At least, pag-uwi mo, nasabi mo na nakipag-toe-to-toe ka sa NBA player. Ngayon, so-show ko siya ng respect. Pero sa loob, wala na ‘yan.
"Brotherhood kasi ang basketball sa labas. Pero sa loob, pakita mo rin sa kanya na may narating ka rin. Gusto naming ipakita na kaya ko pala ‘yung may ibang level pa,” said Bolick.