PBA: Norman Black jokes re brownout: "I'm sure Meralco had nothing to do [with it]"
Philip Matel on Feb 02, 2019 08:58 PM
After the lights had slowly come back, glistening the previously-darkened gym, action returned like it didn't left, but the Bolts ultimately fell short, 87-83.
ANTIPOLO CITY -- Meralco Bolts head coach Norman Black did not find the 15-minute delay in their game between his side and the NLEX Road Warriors funny in any way.
Both squads were in the midst of a hotly-contested game with Yeng Guiao's squad on top, 81-78, with 2:57 left. However, in a cruel twist of irony, the lights at the Ynares Center went out, sending the crowd in a frenzy, chanting another team that was scheduled to play next.
After the lights had slowly come back, illuminating the previously-darkened gym, the action resumed, but the Bolts ultimately fell short, 87-83, after Ranidel de Ocampo's potentially game-tying attempt got stuffed by Poy Erram.
"Tough game. Tough loss. Had our chances in the end but we couldn't make the shots when it counted. I thought the last play with Ranidel, I thought he was open for a moment then he took too long to shoot the ball and Erram blocked it," Black said.
When asked if the unfortunate power outage had affected the teams in any way, Black was quick to dispel any connection with the incident.
"Having a brown out is never good. But it doesn't really benefit or hurt either team in a sense that we have to both deal with. Certainly can't use it as any type of excuse. We had our chances. So many easy shots that we missed. I could have put us up, kept us up two, four points," Black explained.
Now that they are stuck with a 2-3 record, the amiable mentor knows that they can still salvage a playoff run, and hopes to learn more from crumbling down the stretch multiple times. They had already lost a nail-biter to Phoenix, and now to NLEX, but Black knows they have to draw the line when the going gets tough for his boys.
"Coming close is not good enough. We certainly don't feel better because you played a close game. We had our chances tonight. We didn't make the shots, they made theirs." He also added that the spirit in the locker room is still fine, since a positive attitude usually nets more chances of winning for a team such as theirs.
But when asked if he found it ironic or funny that a team sponsored by Mega Manila's power supplier, here's how the long-time veteran mentor reacted.
"I'm sure Meralco had nothing to do with the brownout. It's definitely not funny. We lost. If we had won, it would have definitely been funny. But we lost. I don't think Meralco had to do anything with the brownout," quipped Black.
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