NCAA: Bolick, San Beda put brakes on CSB hype train

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 24, 2018 05:56 PM
NCAA: Bolick, San Beda put brakes on CSB hype train
Robert Bolick spurred San Beda to back-to-back wins to begin their title defense

Robert Bolick remains as clutch as ever now in the 94th Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Catching fire to begin the final frame, Bolick torched College of St. Benilde and towed the Red Lions to a 75-69 come-from-behind win on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The defending champions were trailing for all of the first three quarters and by as much as 12. “(CSB) really played well today. Coach TY [Tang] really prepared for us,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said post-game.

In the third period, however, things went online for the graduating guard who stood at the forefront of their fightback. “Robert Bolick is Robert Bolick. Robert saved us tonight,” Fernandez exclaimed

Indeed, in the final frame, everything finally clicked, with Bolick scoring the last eight points in a 17-0 rush that erased a two-point deficit and erected a 69-54 lead inside the last five minutes.

The young Blazers could only come as close as four the rest of the way. 

San Beda’s main man wound up with a career-best 25 points, 12 coming in the final frame, on top of five rebounds and five assists.

As always, partner-in-crime Javee Mocon was right there with him with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists while Franz Abuda chipped in 12 markers.

Thanks to Bolick, the Red Lions overcame a layoff of more than two weeks for back-to-back wins to begin its title defense.”Our rustiness showed early, but thankfully, all of the guys helped out in the end,” Fernandez said.

For upstart CSB, Clement Leutcheu topped the scoring column with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Without an answer for Bolick, however, they fell for the second time in three games.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 75 – Bolick 25, Mocon 14, Abuda 12, Tankoua 6, Soberano 5, Eugene 4, Nelle 3, Oftana 2, Canlas 2, Tongco 2, Cuntapay 0, Doliguez 0

CSB 69 – Leutcheu 22, Young 15, Haruna 10, Naboa 7, Dixon 6, Gutang 4, Carlos 3, Pasturan 2, Velasco 0, Domingo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-24, 33-38, 52-52, 75-69

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