ROBERT Bolick is no stranger to taking big shots and scoring crucial baskets late in the game not just in the PBA but also in the NCAA when he was with San Beda.
On Wednesday, Bolick once again scored on a game-winner but in a different way when Columbian was called for a goaltending violation after import Lester Prosper touched the rim while Bolick was taking the lay-up.
Bolick admitted he would rather have scored that lay-up.
“Siyempre, para sa akin, gusto ko shoot talaga,” said Bolick. “Pero tinamaan niya ‘yung ring. Wala akong magagawa.”
Bolick, who finished the game with 21 points, said he will continue to take the big shots for NorthPort.
“’Yung mga ganung movements, ‘yun ang gusto ng mga players. Tinake advantage ko lang. Broken play ‘yun eh. Kinuha ko lang, take advantage,” said Bolick.
With Bolick’s game-winner, NorthPort secured its eighth win in 10 outings and moved closer to a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals which will be the best finish of the franchise in the elimination round in franchise history.
But Bolick said there is no reason to celebrate at this moment of the campaign.
“Sarap ng feeling. Pero sinabi ko nga sa team, sabi rin ni coach, wag muna kami masaya kasi wala pa naman kaming naaaccomplish eh. Wala pa naman kami napapatunayan. Gusto namin sa playoffs namin gawin,” said Bolick.
NorthPort will go for the twice-to-beat on July 12 when it goes up against Meralco.
“At least mataas ang chance namin na mag-twice to beat. Ito ‘yung pineprepare namin. Tignan natin. Last game pa kami against Meralco. Must-win sa amin. More winning, pasok sa aming winning culture. ‘Yun ang importante,” Bolick said.
“Talagang gusto namin kunin ‘yun. Sabi nga, we have to start winning. Kapag nananalo ka, ‘yun na ang winning culture. Last conference, we started 2-0 tapos six straight (losses). At least ngayon, natalo kami sa Ginebra, we bounced back. Ilang games, natalo kami uli then we bounced back. ‘Yun ang pinakaimportante. Sana tuloy tuloy. We have to keep working,” Bolick said.