Look out, Red Lions have another game-changer in Clint Doliguez

Look out, Lions have another game-changer in Clint Doliguez
WELL-KEPT SECRET. Clint Doliguez has played a big role in San Beda's big-time wins against JRU and DLSU in the Filoil Preseason and against San Sebastian now in the NCAA.

San Beda College’s title defense is off to a rousing start.

Behind Robert Bolick who had 15 points and Javee Mocon who had 15 points and 13 rebounds, the defending champions scored a convincing victory versus resurgent powerhouse San Sebastian College-Recoletos to start the season.

In the post-win interview, however, head coach Boyet Fernandez was looking for someone else. “I’m really surprised both of them (Bolick and Mocon) are here and Clint is not,” he told reporters.

The returning mentor was referring to first-year player Clint Doliguez who, along with JB Bahio, keyed the decisive 14-2 run that led to the Red Lions’ season-opening win.

“Clint Doliguez came in. I don’t really know how many points he scored, but he played good defense to bring back our energy,” Fernandez said.

Indeed, the game changed for the defending champions when the burly swingman was sent in with five minutes remaining. Burying big-time baskets while also stifling the likes of Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan, he turned out to be, without a doubt, the so-called “magic bunot” for Fernandez.

In the end, Doliguez had six points, two rebounds, and two steals in just 11 minutes of action. “The rest of the guys really stepped up today, especially Clint. Clint, I just want to mention him because he simple stepped up,” the head coach expressed.

Fernandez was nothing but appreciative of what the 22-year-old did because this is not the first time he has done so. “He’s always been stepping up for us. He came in against JRU in the Filoil, he won the ball game. He stepped up against La Salle, we won that ball game,” he shared.

He then continued, “That’s why in the fourth, when I saw it was a seesaw battle, I really have to bring him in.”

In the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, San Beda was having a tough time against Jose Rizal University in the semifinals and De La Salle University in the Finals until Doliguez came in and helped turn things around.

And just in the first game of the NCAA, the 22-year-old has proven he can do it here as well.

Even King Lion Robert Bolick took notice. “I’m proud of my teammates kasi they played well. Dito mo talaga makikita na kahit sino ipasok sa team namin, talagang mananalo. Si Clint came in and had really good minutes,” he said.

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