Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup between the Meralco Bolts and the NorthPort Batang Pier scheduled on September 30, 2022, at 6:45 PM.
The Bolts will make their second conference debut this evening equipped with the roster that took them deeper during the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup and a former forward of the Milwaukee Bucks while the Batang Pier will try to make a quick bounce-back victory for them to get back to the winning tracks of the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. All of this basketball action will be witnessed in today’s main event at the Big Dome.
For the first in many moons, Meralco was just a game away for them to see the biggest stage of the PBA Philippine Cup. However, they got eliminated by the eventual All-Filipino Cup champs, the San Miguel Beermen in Game 7 during the semis.
Bolts’ head coach Norman Black sounds like he will use that defeat as part of their team’s learning process at this conference, they wanted an upgrade and that’s by filling up the position where they find it as their weakness.
That could be the reason why they hired the services of Johnny O’Bryant III who played alongside NBA great Giannis Antetokounmpo. These two players came to the Bucks just one season apart and for sure they shared similar training sessions as they burned time in the gym to bring their talents to another level.
“So we just want to get a solid player, somebody who we know is good offensively and defensively and who can rebound the basketball. In our case, we don’t want a wingman; we want a guy who also plays in the paint because that’s our weakness,” Black said.
Though playing side-by-side with a two-time NBA MVP is still not a guarantee of a Finals ticket. O’Bryant will be immediately tested against NorthPort’s PBA-proven import in Prince Ibeh.
With Ibeh in coach Pido Jarencio’s squad, they were able to finish as the number two-seeded team after the elimination round back in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup (or pre-pandemic season). Now that he’s back, their fans are expecting the same accomplishment at least in elims and much better when playoffs time arrives.
The Batang Pier is one of the local PBA teams that almost gave the visiting Bay Area Dragons their first loss in this very early phase of the tournament.
Using that effort to gauge their upside in this import-laden conference, looks like once again NorthPort is about to be considered as one of the teams to beat.