The Robert Bolick show rages on

Robert Bolick may not have matched his explosive 46-point performance from his last game, but he still made a significant impact in NLEX’s quest for a third consecutive victory.

The 28-year-old out of San Beda University showcased his clutch gene by draining two crucial three-pointers in the final 45 seconds, helping the Road Warriors secure a hard-fought 103-97 win over Blackwater in the PBA Philippine Cup at the PhilSports Arena.

With this result, NLEX now sits alone in second place with a 4-1 record, trailing only the undefeated Ginebra (2-0) in the standings. Blackwater, on the other hand, drops to a tie for third with NorthPort at 3-1 after their impressive winning streak was snapped.

Coming off a career-high performance just four days ago, Bolick nearly notched a triple-double with 21 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists, leading a balanced scoring attack for NLEX. Rookie Jhan Nermal and Dominic Fajardo contributed 16 and 14 points, respectively, while Rob Herndon (14), Baser Amer (12), and Tony Semerad (11) also made key offensive contributions.

“Total team effort. Ang sarap ng feeling nung lahat kami may contribution sa panalo nagtutulungan talaga kami,” said Bolick during the post-game presser.

Although Bolick took a backseat to his teammates for most of the game, he stepped up when it mattered most in the clutch moments of the fourth quarter. Despite scoring only six points in the final period, Bolick’s two timely three-pointers proved to be the difference-maker, giving NLEX a 100-94 lead and ultimately sealing the 103-97 victory.

“What’s good about Robert is he produces a lot of points but if you take a look at his assists, magaling din siya pumasa. Ninety percent of the time ang bola namin na kay Berto and most of the time, good decisions ang ginagawa niya,” said assistant coach Borgie Hermida who called the shots in lieu of injured head coach Frankie Lim.

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