Black hopes struggling Bolts ‘get better’ during long break

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Black, though, is confident his team can figure out its early struggles with two-time Best Import Allen Durham leading the way.Durham wasn’t an exactly an instant remedy for Meralco in his first few games with the team with the Bolts going 2-3 to begin the 2016 Governors’ Cup but the Bolts eventually gained momentum to earn the fourth seed and go into the finals.It was also in 2016 that Durham hurt his nose but nonetheless won the individual honor en route to the championship round.“We struggled a little bit before with AD, especially when he broke his nose,” said Black. “If I remember it correctly, he broke his nose at the beginning of the conference and as he got better, he started to heal, we started to get better as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco, long considered as a championship caliber team in the PBA Governors’ Cup, has hit a little bump at the start of the conference.The Bolts fell to 1-2 after their disappointing 80-72 loss to Alaska Friday at Mall of Asia Arena, and head coach Norman Black expressed his concern.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Uzbekistan’s Istomin pockets Asian Games gold, flies to US Open Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “It’s always a concern when you’re losing but its part of the job,” said Black, who led Meralco to two straight finals appearances in 2016 and 2017 only to lose to Ginebra in both occasions.Black, though, is looking forward to nearly a month-long break between his team’s loss to the Aces and their next match against Phoenix.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Meralco has one of the weirdest schedules in the PBA due to the league taking a break to occupy Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers but Black hopes to use the long layoff to improve the Bolts.“We have, whew, three weeks off, three and a half weeks off, but before that we had three games in one week,” said Black. “Scheduling was not perfect but at the same time we just have to get better during the break.”last_img