By Ivan Saldajeno
SAN JUAN, MM--Like everyone who won the Best Player of the Conference and the MVP before him, Robert Bolick said that he is willing to exchange his PBA D-League Aspirants Cup MVP plum for a championship for Cignal-San Beda.
"Ayaw ko ng MVP. Gusto ko ng championship," Bolick boldly told some sportswriters at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Monday night.
This is the similar reason why Bolick wanted to pin the blame on himself on why the Hawkeyes failed to close out the best-of-three finals and let the Racal Tile Masters send the series to a decider on Thursday back at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
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The six-foot-two gunner may have had decent stats in Game 2 (18 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists), but he still took the blame for what he thought was a lackadaisical defensive effort against Racal's guards.
"Kasalanan ko, hindi ng team, kasi hindi ako dumepensa. Score lang nang score si Rey [Nambatac] at si [Kent] Salado," Bolick, who failed to tally a steal or a block, continued.
Nambatac and Salado combined for 39 points in the win.
Bolick even said, "Pinagmukha kong tanga ang coaches namin kasi di ko ginawa ang game plan. Pinagmukha kong tanga ang teammates ko kasi di ako naging leader sa team.... Pinagtatawanan nila kami."
For his personal part, on the other hand, he sees the said individual honor as a bonus for leading Cignal to the finals.
"Blessing yung MVP. Sa hard work na ginawa mo, bonus na yun.... Hindi rin ako mananalo kung hindi sa mga coaches namin, sa management, at sa mga teammates ko kasi sila ang nagbibigay kumpiyansa sa akin. Yung award ko, kalahati doon, sa team ko. MVP kaming lahat," Bolick further quipped.
Ahead of Game 3, he just said, "Stick lang kasi to each other. Start kami sa depensa. Dapat sundin na namin ang coach namin.... We'll come back stronger."
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