San Beda's Bolick: ‘We’re down, but you can’t count us out’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 23, 2016 07:21 PM
San Beda's Bolick: ‘We’re down, but you can’t count us out’
SHOCKER. Robert Bolick and the rest of San Beda was at the receiving end of a stunner by San Sebastian.

On their way out of the San Juan Arena on Tuesday, team captain Dan Sara had his head down, co-captain Radge Tongco had a faraway look in his eyes, and scoring machine Davon Potts had a frown on his lips instead of his more common smile.

It was all because league-leading San Beda College was just as shocked as anyone that they were felled by San Sebastian College-Recoletos – currently running ninth out of 10 teams in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Robert Bolick, one of the last to exit, was one of the few Red Lions whom reporters did not hesitate about interviewing.

Asked to comment on the tough loss, however, he still took a while to gather his thoughts and then speak his mind. “Wala akong masabi kasi I thought tapos na yung laban nung na-steal ko yung bola,” he said, while mixing many “umms” throughout.

The first-year guard was referring to the turnover he forced out of Golden Stag Allyn Bulanadi inside the last minute. From there, they increased their advantage to three only to give up five straight points, including the game-winner, to Bulanadi.

They had many lapses on both offense and defense, but Bolick said the cause of their loss was just one thing. “We relaxed. We don’t blame our coaches; we blame ourselves because we’re the ones who are playing,” he said.

He then continued, “We had the gameplan ready, but we didn’t execute.”

Though they know what went wrong, the 21-year-old said that still doesn’t take away the bad taste from their mouths. “Sa akin, I hate losing. I don’t know about my teammates, but to me, it’s always been the same: I never want to lose,” he said.

According to their team leader, however, San Beda will not wait long to start standing up again. In fact, he said that he will not sleep this night and will take out all his frustrations during their practice tomorrow as he said, “I’ll be yelling at my teammates kasi too much relaxed na kami.”

He then continued, “Maybe it’s a wakeup call and tomorrow, I’m gonna hit them, I’m gonna scold them, I’m gonna do everything to wake them up.”

Despite coming off their most difficult defeat of the season thus far, the Lions vowed to only bounce back even stronger – especially since they’re meeting archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran in their next game. As Bolick put it, “We’re down, but you can’t count us out. We’re ready to bounce back.”

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