NCAA: For Robert Bolick, the San Beda kids are alright

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 07, 2019 07:29 PM
NCAA: For Robert Bolick, the San Beda kids are alright
Robert Bolick is nothing but impressed with the continued development of "Bandana Bros." James Canlas and Evan Nelle

Robert Bolick has left San Beda University as one of the school's best-ever to don the red and white.

And his, together with Javee Mocon’s, absence is the biggest hole the Red Lions have to fill in their quest for a four-peat.

The good news for the dynasty situated in Mendiola, however, is that it has two second-year studs ready and raring to take the reins.

Scorer James Canlas and playmaker Evan Nelle busted out as the red and white's present and future in the Filoil Preseason - and even earned the nickname "Bandana Bros." for their efforts.

That only continued in their opener in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament with Canlas getting 10 points, seven rebounds, and two assists and Nelle getting nine markers, five dimes, and five boards as they routed Arellano University.

Of course, Bolick is nothing but glad to see that development from their talented, but nonetheless young backcourt. "Proud ako sa kanila kasi yung improvement nila, okay na okay. Mas maganda pag ituloy-tuloy nila sa NCAA talaga," he told reporters.

At the same time, the now-NorthPort star wants to see Canlas and Nelle charge head-on into the forefront of the Red Lions' attack. "Sa kanila na talaga yan," he said, short and sweet.

The even better news for San Beda, though, is that their just-graduated 50-point man is very much willing to keep "The Bandana Bros." under his wing. "Nakiki-training ako, nakiki-practice ako sa kanila kasi importante na may maitulong pa rin ako sa kanila," he said.

And there, there is one thing and one thing only Bolick wants to impart to Canlas and Nelle - keep at it. As he put it, "Hard work lang kasi konting pikit mo lang, magugulat ka. Ako nga, pumikit, nandito na ako."

He then continued, "Napakasarap ng feeling na ganun, pero mas lalong sumasarap pag alam mong tinatrabaho mo. They should play to win a championship - pag ginawa nila yun, may legacy na silang maiiwan sa San Beda."

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