Was it the shoes or the ring? Whatever Robert Bolick had worn during NorthPort’s 20-point comeback against Meralco could have given him more than just luck after dropping a career-high 44 points.
The NorthPort star was still in awe and clueless on how he completed such feat, more so pulling off a 22-point barrage in the final frame and in the overtime period to come away with a 101-95 win. He even credited it to the wedding ring he had worn the past two games and his shoes during the massive explosion.
“Feeling ko swerte rin yung wedding ring ko eh two games na sinuot ko parang ang sarap sa feeling nanonood ‘yung asawa mo tas ang galing ng laro mo at least proud ako na married man ako,” said Bolick.
Turning more serious though, Bolick was glad to get the win especially after failing to do the same the last time out when NorthPort couldn’t complete its comeback against Bay Area after Myles Powell drilled the game-winning trey at the buzzer.
“Gusto ko lang talaga manalo ngayon eh kasi sabi ni coach mahirap back-to-back (loss), 1-2 parang ang hirap na agad umangat nun eh at least ngayon 2-1 kami,” explained Bolick.
“Di ko alam sa sapatos din, college palang ako sila na ‘yung nagtiwala sa akin,” said the high-scoring guard who has been under the Under Armour brand.
More than the lucky charms though, Bolick showed heart and grit especially in the end game where he willed NorthPort back epitomized by the play when he fought for the loose ball and went the length of the floor to score a layup then suddenly going down with a case of cramps moments after.
In the next possession, he still drove hard against and scored two points over Meralco import Johnny O’Bryant before drilling two pressure-packed free throws to force an extra period.
“Lumaban lang kami pagod na kasi kami laging natatalo sa dikitan eh. Tapos ngayon lumaban lang talaga kami, alam ni coach (20) points down di kami nag give up ng sarap sa feeling na pag may pinaghirapan ka. At least kahit papaano sa amin naman, pero last game sakit eh biruin mo 3-0 na sana kami ngayon pero okay lang, masarap feeling,” said Bolick.
He also credited the rest of the team especially the coaches for giving him the confidence to just take his shots.
“Testament lang sa practice kapag naensayo, napractice talaga makikita sa laro e. Kay coach binibigyan niya ako ng kumpyansa e. Pag yung coaches binibigyan ka ng kumpyansa ang sarap mag laro eh kasi alam nya kahit anong mangyari, kahit anong tira naniniwala siya sayo eh.”