PBA: Meralco’s composure prevails in huge Game 4 victory
Paul Lintag on Dec 21, 2019 09:58 PM
“You stick together, pick each other up and encourage each other. They did not get discouraged with our slow start and slowly we were able to grind our way back into the game.” — Coach Norman Black on his Meralco Bolts. (Photo by Josh Albelda)
ANTIPOLO — Meralco could have easily lost badly in Game 4 Saturday here.
Up 2-1 in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals, TNT dropped a quick 15-0 run to take a 14-point lead in the opening period.
But the Bolts would recover, essentially saving their season after beating the 10-count from the KaTropa’s first haymaker.
“We seemed a little nervous at the start. But I told the players before the game that no matter what happens we just need to stay together because the game might go down to a last-second shot and you always wanna keep your composure, even when you're down,” head coach Norman Black said.
“You stick together, pick each other up and encourage each other. They did not get discouraged with our slow start and slowly we were able to grind our way back into the game,” he added.
Down to a deciding Game 5, Meralco looks forward figuring out how to become the first team to win back-to-back games in this series.
Doing so will send the Bolts back to the Governors’ Cup Finals for the third time in four seasons.
“We can look forward to a knockout game on Monday. So far this series has been a game of adjustments, and obviously TNT won the first game so they've been a little bit ahead as far as that concerned,” Coach Norman said.
“Now we just have to figure out what to do in Game 5 and how we can adjust to make sure we can get a victory,” Black added.
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