NCAA Finals: Tyang Aby Maraño finally witnesses Robert Bolick win a championship live
Danine Cruz on Nov 12, 2018 11:42 PM
"Timing talaga kasi every year na lang nagdadamdam siya na hindi ako nakakanood ng Game 2."
While the sea of red was gloriously singing the Bedan Hymn after yet another championship, Robert Bolick rushed up to the stands of the Mall of Asia Arena to hug his family and give his longtime girlfriend, volleyball superstar Aby Maraño, a kiss.
As Bolick went back to the court for the championship festivities, Maraño stayed in her spot. Sporting a number eight San Beda jersey with a big smile on her face, the former De La Salle Lady Spiker watched as her beau relished the feeling of being a champion in his graduating year -- something that she didn't have the privilege to experience back in the UAAP.
"Sobrang special 'to for him and for us na makuha niya yung last playing year niya ng mabuti kasi alam naman niyang pinagdaanan ko nung last year ko na di ako nag champion. Nakita niya kung gaano ako sobrang na hurt, almost three years akong di naka get over noon," said the former Lady Spikers team captain.
"Siya, alam niya yung pinagdaanan ko, sabi ko, ayaw kong maranasan mo yung naranasan ko kaya bigay mo yung sarili mo sa bawat laro and nakita ko naman, yung talagang puso niya para ipanalo yung game," she added.
To make things sweeter, Maraño witnessed her boyfriend's championship live and in person.
In the past years, the F2 Logistics middle blocker has always missed Bolick's games due to her own volleyball commitments.
But this year, the stars aligned for these college sweethearts and they got to celebrate this three-peat championship together in the same venue.
"Papasalamat kami kay Lord na last playing year niya, pang three-peat, nakanood ako kasi wala akong game, bukas pa," said Maraño.
"Timing talaga kasi every year na lang nagdadamdam siya na hindi ako nakakanood ng Game 2. Eh importante para sa kanya yun kaya every time mabbring up sa mga tampuhan namin, yun yung wala akong mapanlaban kasi wala talaga ako magagawa, may game ako," she added.
Being an athlete herself, Maraño gave her assessment on her boyfriend's performance
"Alam natin sa points di naging effective yung puntos niya pero nakita natin yung patience niya," she said referring to Bolick's 1/11 shooting clip.
"Alam niya kung saan siya maka contribute sa team, so nakita ko yung maturity niya, nakita ko siya kanina na aware siya sa role niya sa team, ang dami nyang assists, ginawa niya yung best niya para makahanap ng open spot para sa mga teammates," Maraño added as she boasted on the King Lion's 12 assists which helped propel San Beda to a 71-56 win.
After this championship, Bolick will be leaving the college scene and will be entering the PBA. With this, he now joins Maraño in the professional ranks.
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