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    San Beda's Robert Bolick brings growing reputation as 'Jalalon stopper' to Final Four

    Sep 28, 2016
    Robert Bolick still manages to come up with good numbers on offense despite focusing on defense. Dante Peralta

    SAN Beda’s Robert Bolick has been doing well in limiting Arellano’s Jio Jalalon this season, helping the Lions score three wins against the Chiefs in NCAA Season 92.

    Bolick said he made it his goal to try and put the cuffs on Jalalaon whenever they play against each other, motivated to prove he can stop the player who has been dubbed “best point guard in amateur basketball.”

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    "When I came here sa NCAA, my mind was only to stop Jalalon. Syempre kasi he's the best point guard in amateur basketball," said Bolick, whose team beat Arellano thrice this season.

    Jalalon was limited to just 14 points in San Beda's win over the Chiefs in a playoff for the top spot. 

    [See AC Soberano shows way as San Beda downs Chiefs in playoff for No. 1 seeding]

    In that match, Bolick was actually as impressive on defense as he was on offense as he finished with 14 points including key baskets down the stretch that put away the Chiefs for good. 

    Bolick admitted he cannot completely stop Jalalon, also nicknamed “Bus Driver,” but he tries to make cat-quick guard work for his points.

    "If he shoots a jumpshot, put a hand up. Make it hard for him. I’m not gonna say how. I cannot stop him, but just limit his production," he said, adding he sometimes watch how NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman play defense. 

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    "Di ko kaya yung Rodman na demoyno na pag-depensa. Pero you know, just make it tough on him. Get a body on him."

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    Jalalon himself acknowledged San Beda's airtight defense on him, adding it gave him trouble the entire way. 

    Indeed, the Red Lions' zone defense really sucked the life out of the Chiefs, who sputtered in the end after pulling to within one after three quarters.

    "Sobrang talino talaga ni coach Jamike (Jarin) tsaka yung mga player nila, sobrang ready talaga sa depensa. Handa sila lahat. Yung nakikita ko rin, wala kaming masyadong offense na pang-zone kaya kelangan naming mag-adjust," Jalalon said. 

    "Tuwing nagda-drive ako, parang tatlo, dalawa yung naghe-help. Iniisip ko rin na kelangan kong i-give up yung bola. Nagi-give up ko minsan, pero wala talaga, sobrang higpit ng depensa nila e kaya kelangan naming mag-adjust sa sona nila."

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    Robert Bolick still manages to come up with good numbers on offense despite focusing on defense. Dante Peralta
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