SAN JUAN City – It’s nothing personal whenever Robert Bolick faces his former team De La Salle University. The do-it-all guard was all-business when his San Beda College clipped the defending champion Green Archers, 82-80, in the main game of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre Sunday evening (May 28).
Bolick scattered 27 points on top of nine rebounds, six assists and a steal for good measure. He got a lot of back up from the trio of Javee Mocon, Davon Potts and Benedict Adamos who all chipped in 11 points each with Mocon completing a double-double with 13 rebounds.
Despite the glowing numbers, Coach Boyet Fernandez pointed out the Red Lions’ 34 turnovers which DLSU translated into 32 points. “This is only an elimination round game but a lot of pride is at stake and this win will surely boost our morale entering our next games,” said Coach Fernandez.
Mocon hit the game’s biggest basket – a triple at the 45-second mark to give San Beda an 82-76 advantage. La Salle came fighting back with a three-point play from Benoit Mbala off the final foul of Arnaud Noah to threaten, 79-82, and 39 ticks remaining.
After a botched play, Bolick was forced to foul Aljun Melecio who made his first but intentionally missed his second charity with San Beda grabbing the defensive rebound to protect their 82-80 lead. Still, the door remained open as Jose Presbitero committed a five-second inbound violation to hand the ball back to DLSU with a good seven seconds to play but they could not capitalize as Melecio missed a hurried triple and Ricci Rivero missed the follow up and forcing them to give up fouls until the clock expired.
Mbala topped the Green Archers with 20 points and eight rebounds. Melecio followed with 19 points as they absorbed their second loss in five games.
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA (82) – Bolick 27, Mocon 11, Potts 11, Adamos 11, Soberano 8, Noah 4, Eugene 4, Presbitero 2, Tongco 2, Bahio 2, Oftana 0, Doliguez 0, Carino 0, Abuda 0.
DE LA SALLE (80) – Mbala 20, Melecio 19, R. Rivero 15, Baltazar 9, Santillan 7, Caracut 6, Go 3, Tratter 1, Capacio 0, Gonzales 0.
Period Scores: 22-18, 33-33, 53-48, 82-80.