PBA: Bolts want a top-four finish and playoff bonus

Paul Lintag on Oct 18, 2019 07:31 PM
PBA: Bolts want a top-four finish and playoff bonus
“We’re trying to stay in that top-four,” head coach Norman Black said as his Bolts improved to 4-2 with a win over Blackwater Friday here. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

ANTIPOLO — The Governors’ Cup is unique among the PBA conferences because it rewards four teams of a playoff bonus in the quarterfinals.

The four best teams at the end of the elimination round get a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round, as opposed to the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup where only the top-two teams get the incentive.

The format certainly favors the Meralco Bolts now. The Bolts have not made the playoffs once this season but if the quarterfinals started tomorrow, they’re the no. 4 seed and are one win away from making the semifinals.

“The goal is to try to take advantage of the format, where the top-four teams take twice-to-beat. We’re trying to stay in that top-four,” head coach Norman Black said as his Bolts improved to 4-2 with a win over Blackwater Friday here.

“With Allen Durham here, we think we can always be competitive with all the teams. We wanna take advantage of the fact that he's back here in the Philippines playing for Meralco. We wanna be the best we can this conference,” he added.

The Bolts have a history of doing well in the Governors’ Cup with Durham, who is a former two-time Best Import.

Meralco plans to keep that streak going and a strong 4-2 start is a step in the right direction.

The playoff race in the Governors’ Cup is usually the most compelling, and the Bolts are just trying to make sure they get the job done.

“We just want to win the games we think we can go out and win,” Black said.

“The focus to go out there and get it done was just there tonight. It didn't really matter whether it was pretty or not. We just wanted to go out and defend and win the game, and that was really the focus,” Coach Norman added.

 

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