The Meralco Bolts is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Kia Picanto at 4:30 P.M. on January 24, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Kia finally found a way to log its first victory last Saturday and hoping to start a winning momentum while the Bolts are looking to snap its three-game losing skid.
Finally the losing marathon for the Kia Picanto has come to an end as they beat Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 98-94.
However, securing the win which they working on way back from the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup wasn’t easy as one of their dependable big-man Eric Camson got thrown out after committing technical fouls.
Camson and Rain or Shine’s center Raymond Almazan were involved in a scuffle during their last team’s encounter at the Cuneta Astrodome. Both players got fined and slapped with a one-game suspension
This is probably one of the concerns of coach Ricky Dandan going to their 4:30 PM schedule against the Meralco Bolts.
“We will be playing with confidence gained from our first win last Saturday,” said Ricky Dandan. “We know that we will be up against another contender and that is motivation enough for us to just keep on fighting together to have a chance.”
Apart from Camson, Jackson Corpuz, Jay-R Reyes and new acquisition Carlo Lastimosa will be unavailable due to their respective injuries. Dandan is ready to work for his limited resources and will maximize the talents what’s left in his bench.
“We will have a ‘next player’ mentality,” said Dandan.
To boost Meralco’s chances of ending their three-game slide, Cliff Hodge might be joining his team this afternoon but this time playing alongside with his teammates inside the basketball court.
Bolts’ hardworking forward already missed the first four games this conference because he underwent an operation (bone spurs removed) during the off-season.