MANILA, Philippines – Neither Robert Bolick nor coach Pido Jarencio was too concerned about the mistakes made by the rookie point guard in his second game for NorthPort Batang Pier.
Bolick, the third overall pick in the 2018 PBA Draft, had a sensational debut as he put up 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting during NorthPort's 117-91 rout of Blackwater Elite last week.
He was not quite able to match those numbers against the NLEX Road Warriors, coming up with 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting while adding just 2 rebounds. Moreover, he was responsible for 7 of his NorthPort's 22 turnovers.
Jarencio, however, dismissed the errors that Bolick committed in what turned out to be a 95-90 triumph for the Batang Pier.
"Steady 'yung bata. He is really a smart player. Nag-iisip eh, at saka nakikinig. 'Yan ang importante, nakikinig," the coach said of the former San Beda University standout.
"At saka, alam mo naman 'yung type kung player nag-iisip eh, hindi lang sarili ang iniisip, 'yung buong team ang iniisip. 'Yan ang importante," he added.
Bolick, meanwhile, said that every error he committed – every missed shot, every turnover – was simply an opportunity for him to learn.
"The more na nagkakamali ako, the more na natututo ako," said Bolick, who still played nearly 33 minutes in the contest.
"Learning experience sa akin ito, so lahat ng mali ko, masaya ako kasi alam ko ang mga mali ko," he explained. "Madami akong natutunan sa game na 'to."
Given that it was just his second game in the PBA, Bolick noted that he is still learning to read the defenses and make adjustments.
"At least, 'pag nanood ako ng game, nanonood ako sa mga mistake ko. Alam ko na ang gagawin ko," he said.
Besides, his early struggles did not prevent Bolick from hitting a big shot late in the contest. The rookie knocked down a huge three-pointer with 3:39 to go that gave Batang Pier some breathing room, 89-85, after NLEX had come to within one point.
"Ready naman ako lagi pag ganoong moment," said Bolick. "Pag ganoon, ready lang paratin. Shoot. Panalo."
Bolick's next test comes against a familiar foe – collegiate rival CJ Perez, as NorthPort faces off against Columbian Dyip on Friday.
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