Still some positives for Meralco even though third time wasn't the charm
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 17, 2020 11:36 PM
(Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Meralco has now been at the losing end in all three of its matchups in its PBA Governors' Cup Finals trilogy opposite Ginebra.
The Bolts' hearts were broken by Justin Brownlee in 2016 before falling short once more a year later.
Now, head coach Norman Black and his wards lost the last three games to surrender yet another title to the Gin Kings.
Nonetheless, the fact that Meralco is even here is actually something to celebrate. "We came in 11th- and eighth-place before the third conference so the addition of Raymond [Almazan], the addition of Allein [Maliksi], and of course, the return of AD (Allen Durham) have us a more competitive team and gave us a chance to win a championship," Coach Norman said.
Indeed, the Bolts finished 11th at 3-8 in the Philippine Cup and then ended ninth at 4-7 in the Commissioner's Cup.
With Almazan and Maliksi, as well as rookie Bong Quinto, reinforcing a core comprised of Durham, Baser Amer, Cliff Hodge, and Chris Newsome, though, they seemed to have the best shot at the franchise's first title.
Unfortunately for them, it wasn't meant to be - especially after Almazan's knee injury in Game 3.
Nonetheless, Meralco still scored a trophy - its third in the last four seasons. As Coach Norman put it, "The positive side is we made it to the championship which means we started the league with 12 teams and there were only two left and we were one of them."
He then continued, "While that's not something that's gonna make you happy, at the same time, it's better than coming in third or fourth or fifth or sixth."
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