PBA Finals: Embarrassed Bolts need self reflection before do-or-die Game 5
Paul Lintag on Jan 15, 2020 10:25 PM
(Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Key Meralco figures are not messing around when it comes to describing the team’s Game 4 loss to Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.
Trailing by as many as 27 points before losing by 22 and now trailing the best-of-7 series, 1-3, it was an embarrassing performance for the Bolts.
Pretty much everything that could go wrong went wrong for Meralco.
“For me, it's an embarrassment to the PBA that we came out and didn't give them a better fight. We got beat very, very badly for the second game in a row in the hustle stats, and we just have to do a much better job to represent the company and represent the league,” head coach Norman Black said.
“With the effort we displayed tonight, we didn't deserve to win this game,” he added.
Now three-time Best Import Allen Durham echoed his coach’s sentiments, saying the team would need some self-reflection before Game 5 to try and salvage this series.
The Bolts certainly picked the worst time to play their worst game this conference.
“Everybody has to look in the mirror. Everybody. Tonight, everybody on the roster played like sh*t, we gotta get better,” Durham said.
“Tonight was terrible, it’s embarrassing,” he added.
With a day in between games, the Bolts are officially on the clock.
The team’s adjustments will be a lot, but it starts with defense for Meralco. Defense wins championships and defense can and will extend this series.
“If you ever analyze basketball, you can't focus on little things if you can't solve big things. In other words, we can't get back on defense. It's hard to focus on pick-and-roll defense and post defense when you just can't get back on defense. It's something we have not struggled with this entire conference, but we're struggling with it right now in the last couple of games,” coach Norman said.
“We just have to do a better job on transition defense, half-court defense. If we don't score, I'm not really too concerned about that because if you play good defense, then you'll probably end up scoring. Good defense normally leads to scoring. I just wanna see more effort,” Black added.
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