Lions closing in on redemption thanks to Jarinís early morning call to Bolick

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 06, 2016 07:58 PM
Lions closing in on redemption thanks to Bolick
ANSWER THE PHONE. Jamike Jarin's persistent phone calls to Robert Bolick early in the morning just may have changed the fortunes of San Beda.

In San Beda College’s playoff run in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament, it has been Robert Bolick who has been the shining star.

That was again much evident in the Red Lions’ Game 1 victory versus Arellano University where the rookie-transferee recorded 24 points, 10 rebounds, and got up the grill of Jiovani Jalalon. “Nobody can guard Jalalon, but he was there every play,” coach Jamike Jarin said of his emerging two-way force.

Jarin then went on to say that when he arrived in Mendiola in 2014, Bolick was one of his most sought-after recruits. As he put it, “When he left (De La Salle University) and I found out that he was looking for a school, I really wanted him.”

Divulging his reasons, the fiery mentor pointed out Bolick’s heart. “He wasn’t playing much (in DLSU), but I really saw what he can do. He wasn’t really much of a scorer, but I saw the fight, the warrior in him,” he said.

Indeed, the Ormoc, Leyte native earned for himself a reputation as a hard-nosed defender in his two years of duty for the Green Archers.

That Jarin was nothing but appreciative of his capabilities made the decision easier for Bolick. “Sabi niya, ‘Kailangan mo ng team, gustong-gusto kita rito.’ Kaya ni-try ko,” he shared.

He the continued, “Masaya ako kasi tinanggap nila ako kahit bench player lang ako sa La Salle.”

As it turns out, the 20-year-old’s transfer nearly wasn’t meant to be – if only he didn’t go against his instincts to disregard any call from unknown numbers. As he narrated the phone call that may have changed the fortunes of Mendiola, “Nagulat ako na may tumatawag sa akin ng alas singko ng umaga. Sabi ko, sino ba ng tatawag ng alas singko kaya hindi ko sinagot.”

He then continued, “Tumawag ulit. Tawag pa rin siya ng tawag so sinagot ko na. Siya (Jarin) pala.”

Imagine a world where Bolick didn’t answer Jarin’s early morning phone call? Who would show the Red Lions the way through their two semifinals games and Game 1 of the Finals?

Still, the Red Lion remained humble and deflected all credit off of him. “’Di ko talaga matanggap yung achievement  ko ngayon kung wala sila. So pag sinabi na ang galing ko kanina, sabi ko na sa teammates ko rin yun kasi grabe yung binibigy nila sa aking kumpyansa,” he said.


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