By Olmin Leiba
It seemed very familiar to Meralco to take a 2-1 lead in the race-to-four clash against Barangay Geneva.
In 2016 they were in the same situation, which became the first edition of the competition to reach the final of a four-part Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors Cup, but as everyone knows, it did not end well for the Bolts, who lost in the end. That’s one of six games.
Six years later, coach Norman Black and his men had the opportunity to do so in Game 4, and this time a win away from their landmark PBA title.
“It simply came to our notice then. All we have to do is stay in the current, which is 2-1, and we’ll be back on Wednesday, “said Mr Black after the Bolts won 63-64 in the last game 3. Sunday.
“We have a few days to refresh our feet and they do. But in this business, you can’t live in the past, you have to live in what is going on now. “
The most stressful thing at the moment is that the strong fight expected from Jean Kings in the 6pm dogfight could draw another huge crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Needless to say, we don’t want to fall into the pit too deeply (3-1). It must be won, “said Tim Shanku, a Geneva adviser who was outraged at how his allegations were” terrified “in the last game of the previous outing.
“We were disappointed with Game 3. We had opportunities but they were harder and better to stretch. We hope the extra days in the games allow us to get over the frustration and get our focus on Game 4. “
Justin Brownlee and Scotty Thompson bid to bring Jean-Kings parity under the banner that they suggested for personal achievement at the conference awards at 5:55 p.m.
Mr. Brownlee is the top candidate for Best Importer vs. Magnolia’s Mike Harris, Tony Bishop of Meralcour and Cameron Clark of the NLX, while Mr. Thompson is vying for the first Best Player of the Conference for the Best Player of the Conference against Northport’s Robert Ballick and Arvind Santos. Mikey Williams of TNT.
Christian Standhardinger and L.A. Tenorio are expected to take similar action, with Geneva trying to prevent Mr Bishop, Chris Newsom, Allen Malksy and Raymond Almazan’s tough crew from getting Meralco up the hill.
Big man Japeth Aguilar, who has yet to see action in the final due to a calf injury, remains a “game-time decision” to face Holy Wednesday.