PBA: Struggle in Govs' Cup nothing new for Meralco, says Norman Black
Philip Matel on Aug 24, 2018 10:50 PM
At a 1-2 record, Norman Black is not sounding off any alarm
To stumble out of the starting block in Governors' Cup action is nothing new for coach Norman Black and the Meralco Bolts.
At a 1-2 record, the veteran coach is not sounding off any alarm. They were in a similar situation in Allen Durham's first stint with the Bolts, where they alternated wins and losses. They started 2-0, then 2-2, 5-3, then 5-5, and won their penultimate game, grabbing the fourth seed.
Of course it was not a problem as they went all the way to the Finals, where they would be in the losing end of a Justin Brownlee buzzer-beater in Game 6.
In their 80-72 loss against the debuting Alaska Aces, the Bolts were actually in control in the whole first half and the first five minutes of the third, before their opponents unleashed a run to take the lead and never looked back.
"Committed a lot of turnovers which they turned it into turnover points. AD struggled tonight against their defense and I thought their import shot the ball well from the perimeter, did a good job shooting the basketball," Black said after the game.
With a very long layoff before their next game on Sept. 19, about a three and a half week layoff, all Meralco needs to think about right now is trying to shake off the rust and get the win against Phoenix at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
"Scheduling was not perfect but at the same time we just have to get better during the break."
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