Hero ball causes problems for Hawkeyes in streak-ending loss


Robert Bolick argued that Cignal-San Beda’s inexperience didn’t lead to the 66-55 loss to Tanduay in Game 1 of their best-of-3 semifinals on Thursday.

The former San Beda Red Lion thought the Hawkeyes were doomed by their hero ball mentality.

“It’s not their experience which beat us. We beat ourselves,” he said in Filipino.

The league’s best offensive team was shackled to its lowest scoring output at 55, well off the team’s 91 point scoring average.

It also didn’t help that the Hawkeyes moved away from their signature free-flowing offense, dishing just seven assists compared to their average of 18.3 dimes a game.

“We opted for isolations. It’s not the way we play. We didn’t play our pace and everybody wanted to score. I don’t know why that happened,” said Bolick, who finished the game with nine points and a rebound, while also committing three turnovers in the loss.

Cignal also shot disastrous 0-of-17 three-point shooting, which definitely hampered the team’s high-octane offense.

With everything going south for the Hawkeyes, Bolick said that he’d rather move on and focus on Thursday’s all-important tilt, as they fight for their survival come Game 2 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

“It’s not our day. Let’s see what happens on Thursday. We have to play our game the same way we did in our eight straight wins. Our defense was ok. We just have to move the ball in our offense,” he said.