Now, it’s DLSU’s turn to prove something to Bolick

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 24, 2017 06:18 PM
Now, it’s DLSU’s turn to prove something to Bolick
RIGHT BACK AT YOU. Both Robert Bolick and DLSU will be as motivated as ever when they face each other in the Filoil Finals.

Whenever Robert Bolick plays De La Salle University, he has something to prove.

Apparently, the same is true the other way around.

Heading into their Finals rematch against San Beda College in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, the Green Archers say they have something to prove to the King Lion.

“Yung mga bata, motivated sila kasi gusto talaga nila labanan San Beda sa Finals,” a team official who refused to be named said, referring to the longer road their team had to take to make it back into the championship round.

The Taft-based team was on the brink of elimination before two losses by their archrival Ateneo de Manila University handed over to them the last spot in the quarterfinals. “Alam niyo yung situation na you’re out already and you’re given the opportunity to come back? We will make sure we will make the most out of this opportunity,” head coach Aldin Ayo said after they booked their ticket into the Finals last Friday.

And where is that motivation to make the most of that opportunity coming from? Aside from the desire to keep the crown, of course?

“Yung sinabi ni Robert, dun lalo na-motivate yung mga bata. Kung titignan mo, mula practice hanggang laro, gustong-gusto manalo,” the same team official shared.

In the two team’s matchup back in the elimination round, Bolick said he has always had a chip on his shoulder when going up against his former team. As he put it then, “Para sa akin, gusto kong patunayan na nagkamali sila na pinaalis ako.”

The 20-year-old suited up for DLSU for two years before transferring to Mendiola where he has spent the last two seasons, three counting his residency.

That also wasn’t the first time Bolick said as such. In the PBA D-League where he was named MVP, he expressed, “Siyempre, naging sobrang down ako nung UAAP (with DLSU). ‘Di ako nagamit, bench player lang ako.”

Now, however, the Green Archers themselves are adamant that they have a chip on their shoulder when going up against the new King Lion.

Asked if they are the most motivated they have ever been in the preseason tournament, a player who requested anonymity answered, “Sino ba namang hindi?”

Motivated DLSU takes on equally motivated Bolick and San Beda in the Finals on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

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