The Meralco Bolts is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Talk ‘N Text KaTropa Texters at 4:30 P.M. on January 21, 2018 live from the Ynares Center-Antipolo.
The Bolts will make a way to get out from the bottom teams group and improve their standings while its sister team KaTropa wanted a two-game winning streak.
Still early to say but Meralco struggles in the PBA Philippine Cup continue this 43rd season. Their team is currently at the 11th spot of the standings similar how they finished last season.
“It’s a must-win situation for us to try and move up and keep pace in the standings,” said coach Norman Black.
To add more to the concern of coach Black, Cliff Hodge and Ranidel de Ocampo still out due to their respective injuries. His scoring punch will be most likely will be coming from Reynel Hugnatan, KG Canaleta, Baser Amer, Chris Newsome and Jared Dillinger.
“The TNT team is high-scoring so our defense must be on point,” said Black while baring some basic strategies.
“Slowing down Jason and Pogoy will be a high priority…. My other players have to step up and lead us to victory for us to get the job done.”
Speaking of RR Pogoy and Jayson Castro, these two prolific guards of KaTropa were one of the reasons why coach Leo Isaac’s Elite got slowed down few days ago as their winning streak has ended.
Not to mention the continue great plays of Kelly Williams especially in the defensive end. Williams came in late against Blackwater due to traffic outside the arena and was only inserted in the second half.
His defense inside the paint stopped Poy Erram and other Elite’s big-men either from scoring or pulling rebounds.