Bolick buries Letran, brings San Beda to 6-0

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THE DIFFERENCE. Robert Bolick’s star just keeps on shining as San Beda’s leading man.

Undisputed underdog Colegio de San Juan de Letran was hanging around against unquestioned juggernaut San Beda College at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

And then, Robert Bolick happened.

Doing it all once more, the King Lion showed the way as his team got the better of the Knights, 75-63, on rivalry Sunday.

Bolick collected 17 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the NCAA champions’ sixth consecutive victory in as many games in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. “This win, we get the pride we have,” a satisfied head coach Boyet Fernandez said after they disposed of their archrivals.

It was also the veteran playmaker who scored five points in San Beda’s 10-0 run to end the third quarter who turned their two-point lead into a 59-47 advantage.

Before Bolick took charge, underdog Letran was putting juggernaut San Beda under pressure and even had a five-point lead after the opening salvo. “We started flat so it’s really the boys who made this win,” Fernandez said.

In the end, however, the Red Lions had Bolick to turn to. “Robert really wanted to win. He came in and just changed the tempo of the game,” Fernandez said.

More than that, the team captain was flanked by five other teammates who contributed at least six points in the scoring column.

In particular, Fernandez singled out Franz Abuda who had five points and seven rebounds to his name.

San Beda closes out the elimination round against Jose Rizal University on Wednesday.

Jerick Balanza paced the Knights with 17 points.

Still without the injured Rey Nambatac, however, Letran had a hard time getting going and dropped to 1-6. “Letran did a good job today. I just pity them because Nambatac didn’t play,” Fernandez expressed.

They wrap up the preseason with a matchup against De La Salle University on Friday.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 75 – Bolick 17, Soberano 10, Noah 9, Presbitero 8, Potts 7, Toba 7, Bahio 6, Abuda 5, Tongco 4, Mocon 2, Adamos 0, Carino 0, Doliguez 0, Bonsubre 0

LETRAN 63 – Balanza 17, Quinto 11, Ambohot 10, Calvo 6, Vacaro 6, Balagasay 4, Gedaria 4, Bernabe 3, Pascual 2, Taladua 0, Pamulaklakin 0, Caralipio 0, Mandreza 0

QUARTER SCORES: 12-17, 36-31, 59-47, 75-63

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