NCAA: Bolick on San Beda’s first W: ‘We should’ve lost that game’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 07, 2018 05:39 PM
Robert Bolick and San Beda know full well they could play a lot better
San Beda University passed the tough test put up by University of Perpetual Help to open the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Nursing a two-point lead with nine ticks to go on the clock, Robert Bolick intercepted Edgar Charcos’ pass that was intended for Prince Eze.
Perps had a great shot at a game-tying, or even game-winning, basket. .@BabesBolick wasn’t letting them get a shot off, however, and ensured the win for San Beda. #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/nHxRpLOEnh— Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Hulyo 7, 2018
That sealed the deal in the Red Lions’ 67-65 squeaker of a first win.
At the end of it all, though, Bolick admitted that he and the rest of his teammates could play a lot better. “We didn’t play as a team. Credit to their defense because they played really great today,” he told reporters post-game.
Indeed, the Altas clamped down on the Red Lions who only converted 21 of 58 attempts while also botching 10 free throws.
The stifling defense also slowed down San Beda’s trademark ball movement as they only had five assists as a team. “Yung assists, five compared to 19. We should’ve lost that game,” Bolick said.
He then continued, “We have to do better especially sa assists category. Sakin, I was looking for my shots too much.”
For reference, Perpetual point guard Edgar Charcos had seven assists by his lonesome.
Red Lions’ mentor Boyet Fernandez could only agree with his top gun. As he put it, “Sabi nga ni Robert, yung assist department, malaki disparity. We’ll prepare ourselves for that ngayong tapos na ‘tong first game, magse-settle down na kami.”
Without a doubt, the defending champions were pushed to the limit by upstart Perps.
But in the end, their championship poise proved to be the difference once more – with Bolick making the win-sealing steal. “Alam niyo namang he’s my go-to-guy for everything. Robert did a good job for us,” Fernandez said.
It could only also help if the King Lion finally returns to full strength. “Give me time. I’m still recovering from my injury,” he said, referring to the hamstring injury that has been slowing him down since the start of the year.
He then continued, making a promise, “I’ll get there.”
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