You can celebrate now, you’ve earned it, Big Shot Bolick
ROAR! Robert Bolick delivered when in mattered most for San Beda in the two games in the Finals.
That was the yell coming from Robert Bolick after his post-game conference on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.
That post-game conference was the punctuation mark in San Beda College’s Finals blanking of erstwhile league-leading Lyceum of the Philippines University.
Along with their 10th championship in the last 12 years, and 21st overall, the ultimate win was also a much-wanted and long-awaited one for the Red Lions.
In the elimination round, the Mendiola-based squad were one of the victims of the Pirates’ rampage to an 18-0 sweep.
LPU sent a statement to San Beda in the first round with a convincing 96-91 victory then did it again in the second round with a thrilling 107-105 double-overtime triumph.
And so, the Pirates automatically advanced to the Finals while the Red Lions, for the first time in 12 years, had to run through the gauntlet just to get there.
Bolick and company did nothing but take care of business and took down San Sebastian College-Recoletos to make the championship round.
There, the 21-year-old finally took out his frustrations on a Intramuros-based crew that was well-rested.
In Game 1, Bolick dropped seven of his 24 points in the last two minutes as San Beda came away with a 94-87 win.
Two of those came after their opponents got to as close as 82-89.
After that deuce, head coach Boyet Fernandez pulled back his main man from celebrating too early.
And in Game 2, the Ormoc, Leyte native did it again in Game 2, scoring seven of his 22 markers in the last five minutes as they closed out the Finals with a 92-82 decision.
Three of those came after their opponents got to as close as 82-83.
Again, after that triple, Fernandez pulled back his main man from celebrating too early.
Asked about that celebration, a mix of LeBron James’ signature routine and D’Angelo Russell’s “ice in my veins,” Bolick answered, through chuckles, “’Di ko na nga alam ano nangyayari.”
Now San Beda has wrapped up back-to-back championship wins, with a lot of help from his nine-point average in the final frames of the two games, he can now celebrate all he wants.
From cutting the nets to yelling in the post-game conference, without a doubt, Bolick deserved it.
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