NCAA: From LA to Kiefer, Bolick is inspired by the greats

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 24, 2018 08:41 PM
NCAA: From LA to Kiefer, Bolick is inspired by the greats
Robert Bolick wants to reach the level of greatness of the likes of LA Tenorio and Kiefer Ravena

Looks like Robert Bolick chose the perfect moment to put up his new career-high.

San Beda University’s main man scored 25 points on Tuesday to tow his team to a come-from-behind victory versus College of St. Benilde.

He also came through when it needed the most, firing the last eight points in what proved to be the pivotal push for the Red Lions.

He did all that right in front of LA Tenorio – PBA star and San Beda alumnus – who was calling his first game for the S+A panel.

Of course, Bolick said Tenorio’s presence inspired him. “Siyempre, si LA, been there, done that kaya pagpasok ko pa lang sa court, sabi ko na I have to play high-level basketball,” he told reporters post-game.

He then continued, “At least ang maganda, kung may mga mali ako, malalapitan ko siya kung ano pang kailangan kong matutunan.”

With that, the graduating guard is just staying true to his identity of being one who strives for greatness. “Gusto kong matuto nang maturo nang matuto hangga’t kung sino yung pwede syan na makatulong sa game ko. No limit naman yung dreams and expectations mo sa sarili mo e ako, gusto ko dun sa taas e,” he shared.

That is exactly why even outside the NCAA, Bolick is doing his all to get better. 

As it turns out, the 2018 UAAP-NCAA Press Corps Collegiate Player of the Year is seeking advice from one of basketball’s shining stars. “Mine-message ko rin si Kiefer kasi ‘di naman siya naglalaro this time so may free time siya and pwede niya akong turuan,” he said.

And yes, because Kiefer Ravena is not even halfway into his 18-month suspension in the PBA and in FIBA, he has all the time in the world to help out Bolick. As he put it, “We’re setting up our schedule pa. Nag-approach lang ako para matulungan siya tutal I’m not that busy naman.”

He then candidly continued, “Hopefully, I don’t get to violate anything with regards to my sanction.”

Along with sessions with Ravena, Bolick is also taking inspiration from whenever he watches TNT guards during practice. “Kung nasa Moro ako (for training), parati kong pinapanood yung TNT practice tapos nandun sina Terrence [Romeo], [RR] Pogoy, [Jayson] Castro. Sila, nandun na sila e tapos kami rito sa college, yun yung gusto naming puntahan,” he said.

He then continued, “Pinapanood ko yung diskarte nila sa laro and yun yung kailangan kong i-adapt e.”

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