The NCAA men's basketball finals may have ended up being a sweep, but the games were much closer than the 2-0 result indicated.
Like the series opener last week, Lyceum kept in step with the defending champions in Game 2 on Friday, matching one clutch play by the Red Lions with one of the Pirates' own.
Even under intense pressure in the fourth quarter, Lyceum, presumably not as used to the big stage as its opponent, proved it could hang with the most storied program in NCAA history.
That was until Robert Bolick went off.
The same dude who ripped out Lyceum's hearts in Game 1 had more daggers left in his bag in Game 2, leading the Red Lions in a 19-6 finish for the title.
Below are two videos showing not only Bolick at work but also demonstrating his willingness to make plays and shots when his team needs them the most, which is what differentiates championship teams from others — the presence of a no-conscience leader that gets the job done.
Bolick finished with 18 points, 7 in the fourth-quarter fightback where his passing also keyed two critical baskets that led to the Red Lions' hot finish.
After drilling the 3-pointer that gave San Beda an 89-82 lead with 50 seconds remaining, adrenaline took over Bolick, who celebrated the shot with the so-called "reverse raise-the-roof" gesture popularized by LeBron James.
He was similarly stoked late in Game 1, when he kept making plays and no Lyceum defender was able to contain him.
Bolick's demonstration of exhilaration caught the attention of coach Boyet Fernandez who didn't want Bolick or any of his players prematurely celebrating.
"It's not yet over," Fernandez said at the time.
With the championship in the bag, now's the time to let all the emotions loose.
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