Once Archers Robert Bolick and Dan Sara join forces in Mendiola
Santino Honasan on Jun 23, 2016 02:42 PM
Robert Bolick (8) and Dan Sara (11) never got to be teammates in DLSU, but now they're going to be a formidable backcourt in San Beda.
Heading into the 92nd season of the NCAA, one of the more anticipated debuts, especially for Red Lions fans will be that of Robert Bolick.
If you find yourself asking why that name sounds so familiar, maybe it’s because the gritty guard was once a fan-favorite rotation player for the De La Salle Green Archers.
The 20-year old Ormoc native was part of the Green Archers squad that won the title back in 2013, but then saw less action the following season and eventually left Taft to find a better fit. That fit happened to be with the San Beda Red Lions, the NCAA’s winningest men’s basketball program.
Now, after sitting a year out due to residency, “Babes” is back and is ready to don the red and white, and already, he’s talking like a true-blue..(or red) Bedan.
“Hindi ako excited kasi makakapag-laro na ako sa first year ko dito, excited ako na bumawi para sa mga gumraduate na last year and para kay Dan na graduating this year.” Bolick told ABS-CBN Sports. “Yun yung parang motivation talaga namin this year eh, hindi yung gusto lang talaga namin maglaro kasi masaya. Sa sarili namin, iniisip pa din namin yung mga seniors last year, and yung mga seniors this year, na hindi sila mabigo sa championship.
And while Bolick says that the transition from green to red was hard at first it didn’t take long for him to settle in. It also didn’t hurt that new teammate and Red Lions team captain Dan Sara took the same route as Bolick did, going from Taft to Mendiola.
“Okay lang naman. Syempre, una masakit. Kami ni Dan, pareho lang kami, galing kaming green, tapos lumipat kami. Sa amin naman, pareho lang naman.”
Sara played with the Green Archers for two seasons but also struggled to find his spot, forcing him to go back home to San Beda, where he flourished into a solid key player, eventually helping San Beda to three NCAA titles. Now, Sara plays the veteran leader for the team’s new blood, which includes Bolick, who Sara says plays right into the San Beda system.
“La Salle and San Beda are like the same schools, same basketball program. It’s different, but same level of competition, kasi malakas ang La Salle, malakas ang Beda, and for him, guard naman siya, and sa Beda naman, si Coach Jamike [Jarin] medyo pabor sa guard, so hindi siya nahirapan talaga mag-adjust.” Sara told ABS-CBN Sports.
“Yung sinabi ko lang sa kanya, just play your game, and wag ka mahiya, even though you’re still a rookie, just give your hundred-ten percent.” Sara added.
Like he did in Taft, Bolick is ready to bring his brand of grit and toughness in addition to defense and leadership to a San Beda squad thats hell-bent on reclaiming the title.
“Depensa sa mga magagaling na teams sa kabila, tapos guide lang din sa mga bagong rookies, kasi napagdaanan ko na din yung pagiging rookie sa La Salle, so alam ko yung pinag-dadaanan. Yun lang naman, tulungan lang naman kami this year eh. Yun yung maganda sa team namin, nagtutulungan kami, from rookies to veterans.”
With a couple more years left in his playing career, Bolick could and should be a key fixture in the Lion’s Den.