Robert Bolick is San Beda’s ‘Bus Stop’ for Jiovani Jalalon

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 27, 2016 07:55 PM
Robert Bolick is San Beda’s ‘Bus Stop’ for Jiovani Jalalon
MET MY MATCH. Jiovani Jalalon has struggled in all three games he went up against San Beda and Robert Bolick.

Through three games up against San Beda College, Jiovani Jalalon is averaging 17.6 points in dismal 28 percent shooting, 5.6 assists, six rebounds, and three turnovers – all coming in losses.

Those numbers are, by far, below the Arellano University main man’s season norms of 21 points in 40 percent shooting, 7.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.2 turnovers. Moreover, up against all the other teams, he and his teammates are 14-2.

Humble as always, Jalalon acknowledged that he has found his match – this season, at least. Asked if the Red Lions indeed know how to handle him, he answered, “Yes. Sobrang talino talaga ni coach Jamike (Jarin) tsaka yung mga player nila, sobrang ready talaga sa depensa.”

Pressed to expound on just how he sees San Beda defending him, he said, “Tuwing nagda-drive ako, parang tatlo yun naghe-help. Iniisip ko rin na kelangang i-give up ko yung bola, pero wala talaga, sobrang higpit ng depensa nila.”

Fronting the defense that has been confounding the best collegiate guard in the country is Robert Bolick.

And the rookie-transferee is nothing but proud to admit that his ultimate goal personally has always been to be “The Bus Driver’s” well, “Bus Stop.” “Ang motivation ko, back in La Salle pa, I wanna go up against the best players. Sa La Salle, I was guarding Kiefer (Ravena) so siyempre, you had to be more motivated to play,” he said.

He then continued, “When I came here sa NCAA, my mind was only to stop Jalalon siyempre kasi he’s the best point guard in amateur basketball.”

Of course, Bolick won’t be sharing the secret into being “The Bus Stop” anytime soon, but he still opened up a little insight into how he prepares to guard the best collegiate guard in the country. “I watch (Dennis) Rodman, how he defended. So for me, I just want to stay in front of him, make it hard for him,” he said.

He also added, “’Di ko kaya yung Rodman na demonyo sa pagdepensa, pero you know, just make it tough on him.”

The Ormoc City native then went on to say that he has a good feeling that this meeting is not the last between them just yet. “I’m pretty sure we’ll play again,” he said, hinting a prediction that San Beda and Arellano will once again do battle in the Finals.

When that happens, Bolick assured the faithful over at Mendiola that he will once again be prepared. “I’m pretty sure he’ll come back stronger. He’ll watch the tape, but I’ll watch the tape too,” he said.

He then continued, “I will stop him no matter what.”

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