Meralco Bolts to rely on pride in PBA Govs' Cup playoff push
Philip Matel on Oct 12, 2018 08:25 PM
Staring at a 1-6 record, after losing a franchise-record sixth straight loss, the Bolts will have to win their remaining four games in order just to have a chance at the eighth spot.
From headlining the past two PBA Governors' Cup Finals, the Meralco Bolts will now be happy just to make it to the postseason.
Staring at a 1-6 record after losing a franchise-record sixth straight loss, the Bolts will have to win their remaining four games in order just to have a chance at the eighth spot.
It won't be an easy hill to climb in order to reach the promised land, for they will face NLEX, Magnolia, Rain or Shine, and finally San Miguel, just to barge into the playoff picture.
For Bolts Baser Amer and Allen Durham, the issue boils down to each person's mental aspect, as the stigma of their losing streak just could not escape their worried minds.
"Lahat naman ng mga talo namin, hindi kami natatambakan. Yun nga. Lack of effort lang talaga na may mga konti lang kami talaga. Actually, nagkakadugtong-dugtong ang mga pagkakamali, at the same time doon kami natatalo," Amer shared after their 99-94 loss against the streaking NorthPort Batang Pier.
Amer, who did not score but dished out five assists, also added that the rest of the team needs to step up, as they could never just rely on the gaudy numbers of reigning two-time Best Import of the Conference Allen Durham.
The multi-faceted forward posted 37 points, 19 rebounds, and seven assists, but as Amer would put it, the locals could have done better for their part.
"Kailangan naming mag-step up, first, second and third. Hindi lang si Durham maganda lagi dapat ang game. Kaming lahat."
With two big voids in Ranidel de Ocampo and Jared Dillinger, whose veteran experience would have surely helped the reeling Bolts, the former San Beda standout admitted that it was too late in the season to use that excuse.
However, it really just depends on how they execute in the late stages of the game, wherein they failed to do so in the past six outings.
Losing this long, shared Durham, is fairly new to him and the Norman Black-coached team he has been playing for. He hopes he and his teammates can instill a sense of pride within themselves for a jolt of energy.
"Here on out, we've got to look at ourselves in the mirror. I know that we have a chance for the playoffs still, and we've got to play for pride. And you know, we just have some respect for ourselves. We have to come out and play hard."
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