Bolick explodes for 46 as NLEX wallops Converge

Posted by watchmen
March 11, 2024
Posted in SPORTS


NLEX Road Warriors’ Robert Bolick, Jr. attempts a three-pointer against the defense of Converge FiberXers’ Bryan Santos. (PBA photo)
NLEX Road Warriors’ Robert Bolick, Jr. attempts a three-pointer against the defense of Converge FiberXers’ Bryan Santos. (PBA photo)


The NLEX Road Warriors relied on Robert Bolick, Jr.’s career game as they scored a lopsided 115-93 victory over the Converge FiberXers in the 2024 PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday night, March 9.

The former San Beda University Red Lions star erupted for a career-high of 46 points, including a three-pointer at the final buzzer, as the Road Warriors improved to a 3-1 win-loss slate.

Robbie Herndon also made his presence felt off the bench with 17 points. Negrense rookie Jhan McHale Nermal contributed 13 markers, while Baser Amer ended up with 10 points for NLEX.

From a slim 54-52 lead at the half, the Road Warriors started to pull away in the third period as they built an 84-71 lead before increasing it to as high as 20 points in the fourth quarter behind Bolick.

“I am very happy for my players, especially this guy [Bolick]. He played very well in pick and roll situations for us, which led us to this win,” Road Warriors head coach Frankie Lim said.

Justin Arana top-scored for the FiberXers with 20 points, rookie Bryan Santos chipped in 18 markers, while Alec Stockton and Deschon Winston had 13 and 10, respectively. They dropped to 0-3.

Meanwhile, Calvin Oftana delivered clutch baskets in the endgame as the TNT Tropang Giga pulled off a 100-97 escape over the Terrafirma Dyip. Both teams now have a 2-1 win-loss slate.

Holding to a slim 92-89 lead late in the fourth quarter, Oftana countered each Dyip conversion with inside baskets as they maintained a 98-95 advantage with over a minute left.

The Dyip cut it to 97-98 on a two-pointer by Juan Miguel Tiongson, but two free throws by Jayson Castro made it a 100-97 count for the Tropang Giga before Tiongson missed a potential game-tying triple.

Castro led the way for the Tropang Giga with 23 points. Oftana and Glenn Khobuntin chipped in 19 markers apiece, while rookie Henry Galinato and Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser had 17 and 11, respectively./ASC, WDJ


NLEX 115 — Bolick 46, Herndon 17, Nermal 13, Amer 10, Ular 6, Valdez 5, Nieto 4, Semerad 4, Charcos 3, Rodger 3, Fajardo 2, Marcelo 2, Pascual 0, Miranda 0.

CONVERGE 93 — Arana 20, Santos 18, Stockton 13, Winston 10, Ambohot 8, Melecio 5, Delos Santos 4, Vigan-Fleming 4, Fornillos 3, Balanza 3, Nieto 3, Zaldivar 2, Caralipio 0, Maagdenberg 0.

Quarterscores: 24-28, 54-52, 84-71, 115-93.

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