Robert Bolick stars in NorthPort debut as Batang Pier manhandles Elite 117-91

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If his first game as a pro is to be the gauge, Robert Bolick is sure to make waves in the PBA.

Bolick scattered a game-high 26 points in leading NorthPort to a 117-91 drubbing of hapless Blackwater Wednesday night in a match opening up their campaign in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Leyte-born No. 3 pick overall in last month’s draft, who reportedly played well in practices and in two tune-up games, immediately took the lead for the Batang Pier and chipped in his share when the likes of Sean Anthony, Paolo Taha and Stanley Pringle got going.

As a result, the Batang Pier took control for good right in the second quarter and posted as much as a 111-82 spread before completing the emphatic start to their bid to bounce back from a seventh-place finish in the same tourney last season.

Taha wound up with 21 points, one off his career-high, Anthony added 19 points, five rebounds and as many assists and Pringle 16 points, seven boards and five dimes.

Although he credited the entire team for the win, coach Pido Jarencio reserved some special words for Bolick.

“Made na made na iyung bata,” said Jarencio of Bolick, who made 10 of his 12 shots from the field and added three boards and three assists in just under 19 minutes of action.

The scores:

NorthPort 117 – Bolick 26, Taha 21, Anthony 19, Pringle 16, Guinto 12, Tautuaa 11, Elorde 5, Flores 4, Arana 3, Gabayni 0, Sollano 0.

Blackwater 91 – Tratter 18, Sumang 16, Maliksi 13, Javier 11, Belo 8, Digregorio 5, Jose 5, Desiderio 5, Alolino 4, Sena 2, Banal 2, Eriobu 2, Palma 0, Dario 0.

Quarterscores: 22-31, 55-48, 88-75, 117-91.

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