Robert Bolick screwed up in the last eleven seconds of the match, sending the San Miguel Beermen to the semifinal round and leaving the Northport Batang Pier to elimination city despite the second seed tag.

In other news, the future is bright for Robert Bolick.


The former San Beda guard had a reality check in the do-or-die match as he virtually faced off against the crazy defensive hands of Chris Ross, the defensive brick wall that is June Mar Fajardo, the defensive unicorn that is Arwind Santos and the defensive tactics of point guard overload Alex Cabagnot.

Notice I said the word “defensive” a bunch of times?

Well… the Beermen won with their defense. Especially in the dying seconds... I mean Bolick had the unenviable task of hitting a game-winner with all those outstretched arms (Ross' tap and Arwind's long arms did the trick). Northport’s strong elimination round showing shocked people. The team just lost Stanley Pringle to Ginebra and they lost Terrence Romeo to Talk N Text a season prior. Despite their second seed, it’s hard to bet against San Miguel – especially with their former star player playing second fiddle alongside Christian Standhardinger.

That’s how souped-up San Miguel is!

But did you see the post-game interaction between Bolick and the Beermen?

Babes Bolick is one-third of what is probably the best one-two-three picks in PBA Draft history and it feels like this early in his career, he is expected to take Philippine basketball to the next era. Bolick is already in the Gilas Pilipinas pool alongside top pick CJ Perez and down the road, he could be the heir apparent of Jayson Castro.

I think this loss will do wonders to his career. As mentioned, he lapsed hard in the dying seconds. Bolick collapsed to the ground in despair and it took Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot to motivate him to strive even further in the future.

I am kind of a Northport fan now. I mean… I will still go full-on Ginebra especially with the playing version of Mark Caguioa in the mix but ever since I saw Kevin Ferrer and Jervy Cruz teaming up with Pido Jarencio, I am kind of rooting for them now.

In some ways, I get why Jarencio wanted Pringle to play for another team. The team he has now are a bunch of discards trying to fit in a system. Bolick is a blue-chipper that looks like a player from a bygone era. Sean Anthony despite his talents is seen as trade bait with one Mythical Second Team selection and zero All-Star appearances. And lest we forget how imba we thought trading Romeo for former top pick Mo Tautuaa was.

But then again, maybe this is how Northport’s mystique could jumpstart. As the Harbour Centre Batang Pier, they ruled the PBL. As the Philippine Patriots, they became the first ABL champions. Through the years, the Mikee Romero-owned squad has had star guard after star guard with the likes of Jayson Castro and LA Tenorio and more recently, Pringle and Romeo.

I am pretty sure they scored big with Robert Bolick.

Only time will tell.



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