San Beda only has kind words for NCAA 94 surprise Perpetual

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 26, 2018 07:48 PM
San Beda only has kind words for NCAA 94 surprise Perpetual
Without a doubt, Perpetual made San Beda work for its 13th straight Finals berth

San Beda University has ousted University of Perpetual Help from the Final Four for the fifth time in the last seven seasons.

With a convincing 82-73 victory on Friday, the Red Lions are into the Finals for the 13th year in a row.

Still, the defending champions acknowledged that the Altas made them work for it. “First of all, I would like to congratulate coach Frankie [Lim], the Altas, and the Perpetual community for a very good game,” head coach Boyet Fernandez told reporters post-game.

Robert Bolick only shared the same sentiment. “Salute din kay coach Frankie kasi yung game plan niya, maganda. Salute to them sa magandang season nila,” he said.

Bolick then singled out the two guards he faced off with in transferee Edgar Charcos and rookie Jielo Razon.

In Charcos, the King Lion said he sort of sees himself. “Lahat sila doon, competitive e. Si Charcos, ganun din,” he said.

He then continued, “’Di siya masyadong nagagamit sa UE tapos pumunta siya (sa Perpetual), stellar performance right away. Ganun din ang nangyari sa akin e so natutuwa ako sa mga ganung klaseng player.”

Before starring for San Beda, Bolick was a self-proclaimed bench player for De La Salle University. Likewise, before finding his niche for Perps, Charcos was a reserve point guard for University of the East.

The Red Lions’ graduating guard also sees the same sort of fire in Razon. “First year niya, maganda naman ang pinakita. Sana, ituloy-tuloy lang niya,” he said.

He then continued, “Sabi ko lang sa kanya, may four more years pa siya so stay humble and continue what you’re doing.”

And if Charcos and Razon do improve, Bolick has no doubt that the Altas will only be more dangerous a year from now. “Hopefully, next year, tuloy-tuloy nila. Kung andun si [Keith] Pido, I’m sure mas mahirap sila kalaban so I hope na maging okay siya para next year, okay na sila and si coach Boyet [Fernandez] na ang mahihirapan,” he kidded, referring to court general Pido who was out for the season due to a knee injury.

He was also quick to add, though, “Pero dapat, manalo pa rin kami.”

So don’t fret, Mendiola. Robert Bolick is reppin’ the red and white through and through.

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