PBA: ‘My team didn’t play well tonight’ - Meralco's Norman Black comments on Quarterfinals loss to Ginebra
“I did not have any observations about the officiating tonight. I was more concerned with my team, because my team didn’t play well.”
Meralco’s 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign came to an end, Wednesday evening at the Araneta Coliseum at the hands of fan-favorites Ginebra.
The higher-seeded Gin Kings controlled the pace for most of the game en route to a 104-90 win to sweep the Bolts and advance into the semifinals.
“Ginebra outplayed us.” Meralco head coach Norman Black said following the game. “They played a much better game tonight, they played as a team, they kept their turnovers down, they played good defense, so they were very deserving of this win tonight, that’s about it.’
For Black, it was the Bolts’ poor play down the stretch that ultimately did them in.
After leading 28-24 after the first quarter, Meralco trailed by as much as 18 points, and then tried to come back in the fourth but came up short.
“We started out pretty good, but we ended up very bad. I was very disappointed in the fact that we couldn’t move up and down the court a little bit faster.”
“We couldn’t take advantage of early offense and fastbreaks, but that’s the way it goes.” Black added.
In the first game of their quarterfinals series against Ginebra, Black called out the officiating, risking getting fined as he believed that the called were a bit favored to the Gin Kings.
This time around, Black maintains that it was simply a case of his team not playing well.
No comments about the officiating.
“I will never complain about the officiating if my team didn’t play well.” Black said. “My team played well the last game, they didn’t play well tonight, so I cannot complain about the officials, that would be not very intelligent on my part. I can see things the way they are.”
“I did not have any observations about the officiating tonight. I was more concerned with my team, because my team didn’t play well.” Black continued.
With their season already over, Black and the Bolts plan to have a bit of a break before getting back to work for the upcoming Governor’s Cup Conference.
“We’ll give them a little break ‘cause we don’t play until, I believe August 17th, then we’ll get back to work.
The Governor’s Cup has been quite kind to the Bolts, as they’ve managed to reach the finals in the conference’s last two editions.
Ironically enough, in both times, they’ve lost to the very same team that just eliminated them in the Commissioner’s Cup, Ginebra.
“I’m sure we’ll be back to work within a week and a half.”