By Olmin Leiba
Falling into an uncertain 3-2 situation against Nemesis Barange Geneva, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has strengthened Meralco’s resolve to consolidate and save its fourth attempt at the Governors Cup Diadem.
“It takes four wins to win a championship and they’ve won just three games so obviously, I’m not quitting, my players aren’t quitting,” said Bolts coach Norman Black, whose troops were all out to equalize. Tomorrow’s game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum is 6.
“We still have a chance to tie the series so we will work hard for the next few days to try to fix some of our mistakes (in Game 5).”
Jean Kings pushed the Bolts to the brink of Easter Sunday with a 115-110 win, after their series-tie 95-84 ramp in Game 4 last Wednesday.
The Crowd Darlings, led by Justin Brownlee, witnessed an epidemic of 18,251 spectators in the top five match against the Bolts, firing a 16 triple record-matching franchise.
Amazing shooting game by Genebra, ”said Mr. Black, referring to his opponents’ 40-of-6 (51.3%) field goal clips and 16-of-34 (48.1%) three-point marksmanship.
“There were times when we actually played decent defense but they were still able to hit their three. It’s hard to beat a team that shoots like that. “
Mr. Black next time stressed the importance of making their defensive rotation better if they wanted to extend the series to a do-or-die game 7.
“It simply came to our notice then. We really have to work on it, “he said.
Knowing well about Bolt’s fighting spirit and ability, Jean Kings is an equally steadfast and firmly entrenched in the task at hand.
“It’s very difficult to stop the game so for us, we will not look back or look forward, we will focus Just in Game 6 and we’ll see what happens, “said Geneva star Scottie Thompson, who went on a shy rebound against a triple-double, helping the team to a third win in Game 5 with his 19-9-11 outing.