The Meralco Bolts is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the GlobalPort Batang Pier at 4:30 P.M. on April 27, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Bolts are looking for a back-to-back wins and take an early solo lead in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings while the Batang Pier wanted to bounce back after losing to TNT KaTropa few days ago.
Most PBA fans are now aware that Terrence Romeo is no longer with GlobalPort as he was dealt to Talk ‘N Text prior to the start of the second conference. Stanley Pringle is expected to be their new anchor who will deliver them high scoring to take over the slack left by Romeo.
However, in Batang Pier’s first scheduled game, the 2014 first overall pick struggled to find its rhythm and shoots 27% from the field. Sean Anthony saw that his scoring partner can’t find his shots so he find ways to contribute and logged 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Apart from the below average of Pringle, GlobalPort’s import Malcolm White was in foul trouble most of the quarters and in the 5:41 of the final quarter he got his last whistle and went back to their bench and watched his team surrendered to TNT KaTropa.
Coach Pido Jarencio wanted to avoid the same situation when they face the Meralco Bolts this afternoon.
“Meralco is a great team,” said Jarencio. “We have to play hard and play with discipline to beat Meralco.”
In the import-laden conference, the Bolts looks like a different team compared to how they play during All-Filipino cup. This time around, they’ve sent back their 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Best Import Arinze Onuaku.
His presence in the PBA was immediately felt by Columbian Dyip last Wednesday as the former Orlando Magic player registered 30 points and 19 rebounds. Onuako was having stomach ache during that game but that didn’t stopped him to dominate the game especially in the shaded area.
Helping the Merlaco’s import to spread the opponent’s defense were Jared Dillinger and KG Canaleta. They were a constant threat from behind the three-point line. Dillinger and Canaleta had a combined seven rainbow shots.
Coach Norman Black is expecting that Batang Pier will always go to their run-and-gun offense and it seems that he already prepared his troops.
“Judging by GlobalPort’s game versus TNT it’s important that we come out ready to play and match their physicality,” said Black.
“They are a big, strong team so we must control our defensive boards and limit their second chance points. On the other end, transition defense will be essential for us to get a win since they like to get out and run.”