ROBERT Bolick turned emotional at the end of San Beda's victory over Perpetual on Tuesday afternoon.
It was easy to understand why.
Just two years after making the difficult decision to leave La Salle, the hard-working forward now found himself playing for a championship right in his first NCAA season with the Red Lions.
“Masaya dahil lahat ng linipatan kong teams, winning teams,” Bolick answered when asked about his show of emotions at the end of San Beda's 78-63 win over the Altas in their sudden-death semifinal playoff.
This is actually the second finals appearance in the college career of Bolick, who was part of the Green Archers squad that won the 2013 UAAP championship under Juno Sauler.
However, it is also understandable that he finds more fulfillment in this San Beda title run after mostly warning the bench during the Green Archers' run to the 2013 title.
“Hindi ko masabing championship experience kasi hindi ako naglaro kahit one second (sa finals),” said Bolick when asked about his time with La Salle. “Okay lang din. At least, na-experience ko kung paano ‘yung mga kasama kong teammates, paano sila nag-training.”
Bolick said he felt blessed to be very much a part of this San Beda campaign after scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds in the decisive win over the Altas.
In fact, he's simply thankful to be given a new lease on life at San Beda.
“Bench player lang ako ng La Salle. Tapos ngayon, ganito na pala mangyayari sa akin kahit alam nilang bench warmer ako noon,” said Bolick.
Now he's looking forward to help the Red Lions get a ninth championship in 11 seasons when the finals series against the Arellano Chiefs begin on Thursday.
“I’m looking forward to Thursday,” Bolick said.