Red Lions laud ‘very good defensive team’ Altas

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 18, 2017 06:20 PM
Red Lions laud ‘very good defensive team’ Altas
TOUGH TEST. San Beda's Robert Bolick loved having to persevere through Perpetual's imposing defense.

San Beda College escaped Las Pinas with a victory versus University of Perpetual Help last Thursday.

In a game that went the distance, the defending champions needed every bit of another impressive showing by first-year player Clint Doliguez as well as hustle plays by main man Robert Bolick.

Final score was 57-53 in favor of the Red Lions.

And that four-point margin of victory is as well-earned as it gets. As head coach Boyet Fernandez put it, “I salute Perpetual. They did a really good job in preparing for us.”

Indeed, the Altas made San Beda play the former’s game – a game that is a grind-it-out affair featuring lots and lots of defense.

Fernandez’s boys, usually efficient from the field, were dragged down to subpar 28.8 percent shooting this time around.

But apparently, that’s just how Robert Bolick likes his games. “At the start of the season, I told [my teammates] Perpetual is one of the teams I’d love to play. they’re really good defensively; just look at the score,” he shared.

He then continued, “They’re the number one defensive team. LPU is a scoring team, but Perpetual plays defense and if you play a defensive team, it’s always a challenge.”

That much was evident on the King Lion himself who only, for his high standards, scored 10 points while shooting 2-of-13 from the field and turning the ball over eight times.

Still, the 20-year-old had a smile on his face as he and his team endured Perpetual. “I love Perpetual. Walang star player yang team nay an, but they really work hard and as a team, they execute,” he said.

Fortunately for San Beda, they also know a thing or two about executing. “Perpetual is a very good defensive team and we really respect them for that. That’s why we really prepared for their defense and that’s why I’ve been telling my boys to really execute our plays,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said.

He then continued, “Luckily, at the end, when Clint made his shot, we rotated the ball three times. It was execution that made us win.”

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