PBA: Defense keys Meralco’s return to Governors’ Cup Finals
Paul Lintag on Dec 23, 2019 11:22 PM
In the deciding Game 5 Monday, the final PBA game of the decade, the Bolts’ defense came through. (PBA)
ANTIPOLO — To win against TNT in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals, Meralco really had to get things done on the defensive side of the ball.
In the deciding Game 5 Monday, the final PBA game of the decade, the Bolts did just that.
Meralco limited TNT to just 78 points, just 36 in the second half.
The Bolts' tight defense in the last two quarters helped trigger a slow breakaway that allowed them to advance to another Governors’ Cup Finals.
“Just like it has been the entire conference, our defense is what held up for us,” head coach Norman Black said.
“TNT is a high-powered team, a high-scoring team but defensively we were able to slow them down to beat them tonight,” he added.
Meralco’s rad back to the Finals was difficult this time around too.
The Bolts had to erase a 1-2 series deficit, coming up with two straight grind-out games to steal the series victory.
“In this series, I feel like we literally had everything thrown at us. I give credit a lot of credit to the TNT team and their coaching staff because the coaching staff from Meralco, as well as our players, really had to work hard to get back to the Finals again,” Black said.
“I'd like to thank my players because we were down 2-1 and we had to win both games to win both games to get to the Finals. Everybody focused in and stayed positive. Everybody was very attentive to the game plan in how we wanted to execute for us to make it back to the championship round again,” Coach Norman added.
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