It would be nice if Meralco locals finally show up in The Rematch
Paul Lintag on Oct 18, 2017 12:56 PM
Two games into the the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals against defending champion Brgy. Ginebra, import Allen Durham has been getting his usual best import numbers for the Bolts. The same cannot be said to Meralco's locals.
Meralco has been locked in all conference long but the local support sure abandoned the Bolts at the most unfortunate time.
Two games into the the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals against defending champion Brgy. Ginebra, import Allen Durham has been getting his usual best import numbers for the Bolts.
The same cannot be said to Meralco's locals, and it's costing the team as the Gin Kings are off to a 2-0 start in the best-of-7 series.
Baser Amer is doing okay but certainly not the star he appeared to be starting from the Commissioner's Cup. Ranidel De Ocampo is struggling to make shots and Jared Dillinger has been practically a non-factor so far.
In short, all Bolts not named Allen Durham are finding hard so far in these Finals.
However, all is not lost. There's still plenty of basketball left to play.
"These are my guys, these are my players, I'm sure they're trying their best. I'm sure they're out there giving their best," head coach Norman Black said, keeping his confidence on the team that earned the no. 1 seed in the playoffs.
"They're not performing right now at the level that we performed at during the eliminations and in the quarterfinals and semifinals but I would imagine Ginebra has a lot to do with that," he added, giving credit to their worthy adversary.
However, a spade must be called a spade and Meralco still has to figure out how to better support Durham as the series drags on.
The locals need to start actually making their shots or the Finals might be over a little early.
"No question, my locals need to step up a little bit to support Allen and make some shots," Black said.
"That's really the problem right now. We're not getting that spacing that we need around Allen to be able to have him successful. We've had that the entire conference but in this series, the first two games, we haven't been able to knock down our outside shots," he added.
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