Robert Bolick left lasting impression on Kiefer Ravena in their first meeting
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 02, 2020 01:15 PM
(Photo courtesy of Kiefer Ravena)
Kiefer Ravena wanted Robert Bolick in Ateneo de Manila University - so much so that the former wooed the latter once he decided he was moving on from De La Salle University.
Ravena narrated how he used to pick up Bolick and drive him all the way to Katipunan Avenue where the two bonded over DOTA before basketball.
At that point in time, though, Bolick was not yet "Big Shot Bolick."
He was actually far, far from that as he had said so himself that he was a bench player in his last year as a Green Archer.
So why was the then-King Eagle eager to bring this self-proclaimed bench player over to his nest?
Asked just that in The Prospects Pod, Ravena answered, "Naglaban kami sa Filoil (Preseason), rookie lang siya nun tapos ako, coming off the five-peat, dun pa lang, na-earn na niya yung respect ko."
The game he was talking about was the preseason matchup back in 2013 between La Salle and Ateneo which pitted a rookie Bolick against a senior Ravena.
"Bago mag-start yung game na yun, sabi sa akin ni coach Jun Limpot habang turo si Kiefer, 'Brad, magaling yang batang yan. Wag kang paarte-arte, kakainin tayo nyan,'" Bolick recalled. "Sa isip-isip ko, 'Hindi pa nga ako nakalaban, bakit nagsasabi ka na ng ganyan?' Parang ganun yung approach ko kasi ako naman, gusto ko laging manalo."
The now-NorthPort lead guard went on to say that Ravena proceeded to impose his will on the Green Archers right from tip-off. "Sabi ko nun, parang ayaw ko na pumasok, magaling pala talaga ito," he said.
But, of course, Bolick overcame all those and went right at Ravena - and more.
In the end, though, Ateneo triumphed over its archrival.
But in the end, Bolick left a lasting impression on Ravena.
"Kinalaban namin sila Berto, binantayan niya ako and he was really competitive. Makikita mo naman yung competitiveness ng tao kung ayaw niya talagang magpatalo e," the now-NLEX playmaker said. "Gagawin niya talaga lahat para manalo, lalo na rookie siya, he wanted to earn his stripes. Ako, ganun din ako, I do the same for us to win."
From there, Ravena was a believer in Bolick - even though the latter saw less and less minutes as his stint in La Salle went along.
"Alam ko na gagaling to. Eventually, alam kong gagaling din 'to dahil sa competitiveness niya at ayaw niyang magpatalo," "The Phenom" said. "Kaya rin ginusto ko siyang mapunta sa Ateneo kasi alam kong he would do that whether green man o blue yung suot niya."
Ultimately, though, Robert Bolick became a King Lion.
And in a way, that still worked out for Ravena. As he put it, through chuckles, "Okay na lang din. At least, napunta siya sa alam kong hindi ko na makakalaban."
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