The Meralco Bolts is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Terrafirma Dyip at 1 PM on November 8, 2020, live from the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga.
The then 5-3 Meralco was electrocuted by TNT Tropang Giga last Saturday (October 12), 92-79.
As their outside shot became elusive in their recent matches, TNT went for more high percentage shots this time, that brought “headache” to the Bolts.
Roger Pogoy finished with 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists for the Tropang Giga, who got right back on track and improved to 7-3 for the No. 2 spot in the standings.
The loss cut short Meralco’s own two-game winning roll and dropped it to 5-4. The Bolts must now do a quick turnaround, re-gather itself, and focus on its last two games to officially secure a quarterfinals berth.
Meanwhile, Terrafirma finally broke through in the PBA bubble, hammering out a morale-boosting 110-101 verdict over slumping Blackwater last Wednesday.
After blowing an 11-point first-half lead and allowing Blackwater to take control in the third quarter, Terrafirma swung back in the fourth behind its top guns to grab its first win in the PBA bubble.
CJ Perez and Juami Tiongson took charge in the endgame as the Dyip recovered from another third-quarter collapse to get the job done this time and taste victory after a string of seven losses.
Perez and Tiongson dropped nine points each in the payoff period as they closed it out for a Terrafirma side that kept its slim hopes of a quarterfinal stint alive with the noontime W.
“It’s nice to be here again. I want to credit all my players. Even though we were 0-7, they were still fighting. I told them, ‘I don’t want to go home 0-11,'” said Dyip’s head coach John Cardel after the game.
The same goes for Meralco, who, in comparison to Terrafirma, has a bigger chance of qualifying to the quarterfinals.