San Beda crowned Filoil kings as Bolick frustrates DLSU again
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 25, 2017 06:43 PM
BENCH PLAYER NO MORE. Robert Bolick remained the biggest thorn on the side of former team DLSU.
Robert Bolick has the biggest chip on his shoulder whenever he faces De La Salle University.
That showed yet again on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Bolick’s big basket that left only 8.5 seconds on the clock proved to be the difference between San Beda College and the Green Archers, 75-72, in a classic championship game in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.
The latest win completes an undefeated run for the Red Lions. More than that, it also grants them their second preseason title in the last three years.
“As always, credit to the boys. I loved the way they played today because everybody stepped up,” a hoarse-sounding, but well-satisfied head coach Boyet Fernandez said in his post-game conference.
It was all made possible by the Ormoc, Leyte native who found himself matched up against the much taller Santi Santillan in the dying seconds. He then crossed over the ball a couple of times before rising for what was still a well-defended trey.
The ball touched nothing but net and provided the Red Lions what eventually ended as the margin of victory. “In the end, we live and die with Bolick,” Fernandez said.
Less than nine seconds remained for DLSU to make something happen, but Ben Mbala was bothered just enough by Nono Noah and saw his triple try go way off.
In the end, Bolick had 24 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, all while being showered by “MVP” chants.
Indeed, the 20-year-old saved his best shot for last in what was an already incredible preseason. “Siyempre, iba pa rin talaga kapag kalaban ang La Salle,” he said as he scored two wins against his former team in the tournament.
Bolick suited up for DLSU for two years before transferring to Mendiola where he has spent the last two seasons, three counting his residency.
And just a day ago, the UAAP champions said they were adamant that they have to prove something to their former teammate. “Yung sinabi ni Robert, dun lalo na-motivate yung mga bata,” they said then.
However, it was still the King Lion who had the last laugh in this one. He was quick to clarify, however, “’Di naman ako galit. Pero siyempre, competitive kami lahat.”
Javee Mocon added a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double for the NCAA champions who will enter their title defense on an 11-game winning streak.
Mbala had 25 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks for the Green Archers while Aljun Melecio chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds of his own.
Unable to stop the former DLSU player, however, they settle for a runner-up finish.
Meanwhile, Lyceum of the Philippines University put the finishing touches in its impressive season after dismantling Jose Rizal University, 82-75.
CJ Perez collected 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals, and one block in the Pirates’ wire-to-wire domination of their NCAA foes.
With an 8-3 record in the preseason, the Intramuros-based squad is smooth sailing towards the upcoming NCAA. “Again, the journey we’re in only shows there are bigger things ahead. That’s where we wanna be in the first-place,” a satisfied head coach Topex Robinson said.
For the Heavy Bombers, Ervin Grospe took the lead with 17 points. They finish at fourth-place with a 6-5 standing.
LPU 82 – Perez 14, Nzeusseu 12, Ayaay 11, Marcelino JC 11, Pretta 9, Tansingco 7, Baltazar 6, Marcelino JV 5, Ibanez 3, Caduyac 3, Liwag 1, Marata 0, Cinco 0
JRU 75 – Grospe 17, Dela Virgen 14, Abdul Wahab 11, Mendoza 8, Poutuouchi 8, Teodoro 5, Lasquety 4, Castor 3, Bordon 3, David 2, Mate 0
QUARTER SCORES: 17-12, 41-34, 61-55, 82-75
SAN BEDA 75 – Bolick 24, Mocon 13, Doliguez 8, Potts 7, Presbitero 7, Carino 6, Soberano 6, Noah 2, Adamos 2, Tongco 0, Toba 0, Bahio 0, Abuda 0
DLSU 72 – Mbala 25, Melecio 14, Santillan 12, Rivero 11, Caracut 5, Baltazar 2, Tratter 2, Tero 1, Go 0, Gonzales 0
QUARTER SCORES: 16-19, 35-36, 51-55, 75-72
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