Flood, illness could not stop Robert Bolick from getting his well-deserved trophy

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 22, 2018 04:54 PM
Flood, illness could not stop Bolick from getting his trophy
Without a doubt, Robert Bolick is the Player of the Year we deserve

Until the very end, Robert Bolick had to work for his first-ever individual trophy in the collegiate ranks.

The undisputed leader of NCAA champion San Beda University was all set to be recognized as the Player of the Year in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Basketball Awards held last Thursday at The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros.

Three hours before the event organized by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps, however, he had bad news.

As it turns out, Bolick was not feeling well and his stomach flu had him on the verge of going to the hospital. “Masakit talaga. Two days na nga akong hindi nakapag-practice (with San Beda),” his message read.

And so, it appeared that the 5-foot-11 lead guard would not be able to hoist his first-ever individual trophy.

With that, the air became heavy inside the venue as, aside from Bolick, also absent from the event were four awardees from Ateneo de Manila University, who were in Greece for tuneup games, and two awardees from Lyceum of the Philippines University, who were in Calatagan, Batangas for team-building.

The downpour of rain and, of course the sudden flooding it entailed, didn’t help either as several representatives of the awardees were regrettably forced to miss the awards night as well.

And then, right in the middle of the heavy rain, Bolick told the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps that he was willing his way to the event. “Sirs, pupunta (na) ako, for sure. Para sa inyo, sirs, kakayanin ko ‘to,” his message read.

Not only that, he was going to Intramuros from Sta. Ana in Manila by booking an Angkas. “Sarap pala mag-Angkas no? Traffic lang saka natakot ako sa mga truck,” he shared.

And so, until the very end, the now 21-year-old had to work for his first-ever individual trophy in the collegiate ranks.

Whatever it was, though, he said that finally holding the Player of the Year was well worth it. “Ang sarap. Meaning lang nito, mahal niyo ako,” he said, joshing with reporters.

True to form, however, he was also quick to add, “Pero sa akin wala talaga yung individual. All I want is a championship.”

Along with the trophy, event backer Chooks-to-Go also rewarded all of Bolick’s efforts with PhP 15, 000 in cash.

In the end, the stomach flu, the heavy rain, and the flood he had to overcome were no match for the well-deserved recognition as well as pocket money to celebrate it.

After all, the pride of Ormoc, Leyte had already proven that he could persevere through the longer, harder route just to get to his destination.

While he was the hands-down King Lion, coming through when his team needed him the most, he was left out of any individual hardware after being disqualified for the Mythical Team due to a controversial ejection in an elimination round game and after being edged out by teammate Donald Tankoua for Finals MVP.

And so, even with two team championships, Bolick was yet to receive individual honors – from his time as a reserve in De La Salle University to his time as main man of San Beda.

Not anymore, as the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps set up the stage for, at long last, his one shining moment.

And just like he always does, Robert Bolick, finished it all with a flourish.

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