Bolick on Red Lions’ 26 assists: ‘Parang Spurs kami’

Bolick on Red Lions’ 26 assists: ‘Parang Spurs kami’
THE SAN BEDA WAY. There were shades of the San Antonio Spurs when San Beda dominated EAC.

San Beda College is on a 14-game winning streak.

And still, head coach Boyet Fernandez sees much room for improvement.

Case in point, the multi-titled mentor pointed to their dismal assist total just last Tuesday. “We really discussed the 11 assists we had. If you look at our assist ratio over the whole season, we’re averaging I think near 18 assists per ball game,” he said.

Heading into that matchup with University of Perpetual Help where they only had 11 assists, the Red Lions had been norming 17 per game.

And so, the defending champions knew they had to do better. “I really told the guys that we have to share the ball because if we will not share the ball, we will have a problem against LPU and the others. I really appreciated that the boys really committed themselves to sharing the ball,” Fernandez said, referring to league-leading and still undefeated Lyceum of the Philippines University whom they will battle in two weeks.

With that in mind, his boys made it a point to move the ball around even during practice. “Nag-practice kami after ng game na yun, nag-adjust. Back to basics kami, extra passes,” Robert Bolick said.

Three days later and San Beda reaped the fruits of its labor – blasting Emilio Aguinaldo College by 37 points, 88-51. “Ang ganda ng pinakita namin ngayon nung first quarter pa lang. Ang ganda talaga,” Bolick said.

He then continued, “Parang Spurs kami.”

Indeed, the Red Lions did their best impression of the San Antonio Spurs, utilizing total team effort for a total of 26 assists.

The King Lion had 12 of those dimes, setting the table for the likes of AC Soberano who scored 17 points, Javee Mocon who scored 15 markers, and Donald Tankoua who scored 12 caroms.

Asked which Spur he was, Bolick said he was Kawhi Leonard. With the way he facilitated their offense, however, he also looked like a mixture of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

There was no doubt that Soberano was sharpshooter Danny Green in this analogy, draining five triples. “Alam mo naman na pag maninit si AC, talagang hahanapin mo. Ganun naman kami lagi – we play as a team,” Bolick said.

Also much like San Antonio, San Beda has an embarrassment of riches in terms of shooters as four other players also registered at least one trey.

Still, at the end of it all, it’s the 20-year-old who is the straw that stirs the drink. “I love this guy. Everybody loves him as well. It’s not really the points I’m looking for from Robert and it’s more of facilitating,” Fernandez shared.

He then continued, “As we all know, Robert is our facilitator.”

And if the Red Lions keep on putting this kind of show, it’s not farfetched that their dynastic run of nine championships in the last 11 years could rival that of the San Antonio Spurs.

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