San Beda tops DLSU in champion vs champion showdown
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 28, 2017 07:09 PM
SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT. Robert Bolick proved to be the thorn on the side of his former team.
In the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, Robert Bolick has been showing up for San Beda College as its new main man.
On Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Bolick then showed De La Salle University what it has been missing since letting him go.
Firing six of his 27 points in the last three minutes, the team captain towed his Red Lions to a well-earned 82-80 victory versus De La Salle University.
“Credit to this guy, he stepped up tonight because he wanted to prove something,” a proud head coach Boyet Fernandez said about Bolick who also added nine rebounds, six assists, and one steal under his name.
Ben Adamos, Javee Mocon, and Davon Potts also contributed 11 points apiece to help San Beda remain perfect after three games.
It was also Mocon who buried a triple from the top of the key to increase the Red Lions’ three-point margin into a more comfortable 82-76 lead with 45 ticks to go.
Ben Mbala and Aljun Melecio weren’t giving up that easy, however, and connived to pull the Green Archers to within 80-82 with 9.3 seconds remaining.
After forcing an inbound violation, DLSU still had a golden opportunity to steal the win or force overtime, but Melecio and Ricci Rivero both missed their shots.
Asked about his heads-up performance, Bolick answered that NCAA champion San Beda just had all the motivation against the UAAP titlist Green Archers. “As a team, gusto namin i-prove na kami pinakamalakas. Siyempre, UAAP champion sila e,” he said.
He was quick to add, however, “Pero siyempre, para sa akin, gusto ko patunayan na nagkamali sila na pinaalis ako.”
The Ormoc, Leyte native played for the Taft-based team for two years before transferring to Mendiola. He has spent the last two seasons – three counting his residency – as a Red Lion.
Now, he is leading a San Beda side looking to regain the preseason title it last had in 2015.
With a 3-0 record, they are atop the leaderboard in Group A. However, Fernandez reminded, “We caught a big fish in La Salle so we’ll really enjoy this one. But again, we’ll not take this thinking we already won a championship.”
Mbala and Melecio had 20 and 19 points, respectively, to show the way for DLSU. Without an answer for Bolick, however, they suffer their second setback in five games.
SAN BEDA 82 – Bolick 27, Potts 11, Mocon 11, Adamos 11, Soberano 8, Noah 4, Toba 4, Presbitero 2, Tongco 2, Bahio 2, Carino 0, Doliguez 0, Oftana 0, Abuda 0
DLSU 80 – Mbala 20, Melecio 19, Rivero 15, Baltazar 9, Santillan 7, Caracut 6, Go 3, Tratter 1, Gonzales 0, Capacio 0
QUARTER SCORES: 22-18, 33-33, 53-48, 82-80
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