PBA 43 Review: Bolts neeed a real power up

Paul Lintag on Jan 02, 2019 08:20 AM
PBA 43 Review: Bolts neeed a real power up
Meralco has followed pretty much the same script for three seasons now and the team still has no championships to show for. Hopefully, the team can power up for real in 2019 and get a chip.

The PBA's 43rd season was a loooooong one.

Seriously, it started December of 2017 and it ended December of 2018. That's 12 months of almost non-stop basketball.

But with the current PBA season finally drawing to a close, it's time we look back at how each team fared in 2018.

Today, we take on the Meralco Bolts.

 


POWER UP?

Meralco’s last couple of seasons in the PBA always started with a failed All-Filipino campaign.

When the Bolts found a power import, they started to hit their stride in the Commissioner’s Cup. But once the team landed Allen Durham for the Governors’ Cup, they really, really hit their stride.

That’s pretty much the story of Meralco in PBA Season 41 and Season 42.

It was pretty much the same in PBA Season 43.

The Bolts once again struggled in the All-Filipino, it’s just not the team’s strong point for a while now. Meralco turned it around in the Commissioner’s Cup but the ghost of Ginebra continued to haunt the team, this time losing to the eventual champion Gin Kings in the quarterfinals.

Meralco made a valiant run in the Governors’ Cup once again but the Bolts second revenge tour in the season-ending conference ultimately stopped at the semifinals.

The no. 7 Bolts won six straight knockout games to advance before ultimately shutting down against the Aces.

In between, the team found time to fly to Thailand and represent the Philippines in the  FIBA-Asia Champions Cup. Meralco only won one game there but somehow found a way to finish fourth in a field of eight.

Meralco has followed pretty much the same script for three seasons now and the team still has no championships to show for. Hopefully, the team can power up for real in 2019 and get a chip.

 


Meralco BOLTS in the 2017-2018 PBA Season

Philippine Cup: 4-7 (11th place)

Commissioner’s Cup: 7-4 (4th place)

Governors’ Cup: 5-6 (7th place)

 

Overall: 16 wins and 17 losses. Two playoff appearances, 1 Semifinals.

 


POST DRAFT NOTE:

Meralco used its top-5 pick to select scoring guard Trevis Jackson.

With a rumored pending trade involving Baser Amer, Jackson looks primed to take over a big role in Meralco as a rookie.

If the deal ends up being nixed, the Bolts added a spark to its emerging backcourt rotation.

The Bolts also landed Bong Quinto in the second round and there’s a very big chance that teams end up regretting their decision to pass up the former Letran Knight.

 


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