Black on Meralco's Philippine Cup: Disappointing
Paul Lintag on Jan 29, 2017 08:00 PM
"Same way I evaluated last year -- bad. Disappointing," Norman Black said of his team's run in the All-Filipino.
Antipolo City --- Despite posting two more wins in the Philippine Cup this year compared to last season, the sentiment is still the same for the Meralco Bolts.
Their All-Filipino campaign sucked.
And again, despite a better record this season, it can be safe to say that the 2017 edition of the PBA's season-opening conference ended worse for the Bolts compared to the one they had in 2016.
That's because the Ynares Center once again played host to Meralco's most lopsided loss in franchise history, this time a 73-120 beating at the hands of Star.
Their previous mark of futility came six years ago in the form of a 95-139 loss to Rain or Shine.
"We basically had no chance of winning this conference, and we played like it," head coach Norman Black said after their campaign wrapped up with a 3-8 mark.
"Gotta give a lot of credit to Star. They still have a chance for a twice-to-beat. They came out with a lot of desire," he added.
While it's a slight improvement to their 1-10 performance last season, the Bolts' 2017 Philippine Cup is still not good enough for the multi-titled Black especially since Meralco just came off its first Finals appearance in the 2016 Governors' Cup.
"Same way I evaluated last year -- bad. Disappointing," Black said of his team's run in the All-Filipino.
With their PBA season bascially starting the same way as it did last year, Black is now looking to replicate or surpass their bounce back effort in the next two tournaments.
"We're just basically trying to make sure we get a good import similar to what we got last year. One who can play the middle, can rebound, and defend inside the paint. That's really our focus right now," he said.
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