MANILA, Philippines – Meralco was one of three teams that Barারাa Ginebra did not beat in the current PBA season.
After the screening of the best-of-seven final of the Governors Cup on Wednesday night, nothing has changed.
Unforgiving to the defense and extremely patient on the other end, the Bolts eliminated Jean Kings 104-91 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, giving the club a crucial head start to their one-sided fourth-place success. Competition
Meralco head coach Norman Black told reporters after the match: “I thought we had a really great start today, aggressively, and our defense held up very well.”
“In the first half, I thought the locals carried us for the most part. In the second half, Tony raises his legs and makes some big shots for us. For us everything is going to be about defense. It’s trying to find a way to slow them down aggressively. And tonight, so far, so good, “he added.
In fact, the heroes had a lot to gain in Game 1 for Meralco.
Chris Newsome set the tone in the opening frame, with Allen Malksy and import Tony Bishop Jr. taking turns when Cliff Hodge hit a hard basket in the pay-off frame that kept the bolts in the safe half of the statistical odds – according to Fidel Mangonon III, 60 of the 88 figures. (68 percent) Those who have won the series opener of the best-seven-seven championship series have all won.
“It’s very important to win first,” Black said. “If you fall behind, the series becomes harder to catch.”
Still, for a coach who has lost to Geneva three times in the final, there is a trivial matter – a trivial matter for fans to chew while waiting for Friday’s Game 2.
“The only thing I can say right now is that because I’ve lost so many times in this conference, I’m taking it one game at a time. We got the first game, and I’m going to watch the second game like it’s 0-0 and we have to get the second game, “Black said.
Maliksey led Meralco with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Bishop added 20 and 12. Hodge tossed 17 more points in an attempt to score while Raymond Almazan 10.
Genebrae got the product from Scotty Thompson, who combined 19 points, 10 rebounds and triple-doubles for 10 assists, and resident importer Justin Brownlee, who led everyone in scoring with 27 points. Christian Standhardinger pumped 20 more, but those numbers failed to make up for the absence of injured starters Japeth Aguilar and Stanley Pringle.
Meralco enjoyed a 21-point lead but Black still believes they can refine much from their Game 1 performance – and of course – the series continues.
“I’m going home to prepare just like I did in the past; My guess is since we started the playoffs. And I’m going to make sure my team is ready for Game 2, “he said at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pass City.
Black added, “I’m going to try to figure out what adjustments they can make and hopefully we’ll be able to find some adjustments that we can make.”
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