A BEST Player of the Game on the eve of his birthday, NorthPort’s Robert Bolick is the Player of the Week a day after he turned 26.
Bolick led NorthPort to a sweep of its three games in a week’s span following the team’s return to action in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup.
The prolific guard from Samar averaged 19.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists in the Batang Pier’s three straight win that saw them beat Blackwater, Terrafirma and NLEX at the Don Honorio Ventura State University gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.
Bolick capped the team’s unbeaten run by matching his career high 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting in a 96-94 victory over the Road Warriors where he was named Best Player of the Game hours before he celebrated his birthday on September 13.
With Bolick leading the charge in NorthPort’s sudden rise in the standings to 4-3 won-lost and back in contention for a quarterfinals berth, the 6-foot-1 combo guard out of San Beda was named Cignal Play-PBA Player of the Week for the period September 8 to 12.
TnT Tropang Giga rookie guard Mikey Williams also got a piece of the votes in the weekly citation handed out by the PBA Press Corp, but not enough to dislodge Bolick for the individual honor.
Despite his individual brilliance, Bolick deferred to his teammates and credited them for making possible the Batang Pier’s unbeaten run for a week with team manager and interim coach Bonnie Tan calling the shots.
“We’re inspired, we want to be up there in the standings,” Bolick said. “We have strong pieces and we’re a solid team now.”
Bolick and the Batang Pier, meanwhile, will welcome Jarencio’s return to the bench when they play No. 1 TNT Tropang Giga on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Don Honorio Ventura State University.
“This is the team that I envision for a long time, and tomorrow’s game against TNT will test the character of the players,” Jarencio told BusinessMirror on Tuesday, adding he’s still recovering from Covid-19 infection but already tested negative. “TNT is the No. 1 team, so we have to prepare seriously.”
NorthPort’s big Greg Slaughter remains a game day decision because of bacterial infection.
TNT, already qualified for a quarterfinal spot with an 8-1 record, tries to come closer to a twice-to-beat privilege given to the top two placers.
“They [Northport] are the hottest team in the league at the moment. We need to figure out how to match their size and athleticism,” TNT coach Chot Reyes said.
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