The Meralco Bolts is scheduled for a Game 4 Semi-Finals match against the TNT KaTropa at 6:30 P.M. on December 21, 2019 live from Ynares Center, City of Antipolo.
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The KaTropa is now ahead in the series at 2-1 score and can close its semi-finals round with another victory. Yet, for the Bolts, for sure they wanted to have another Finals battle with the Gin Kings in the championship round and they needed to make a bounce-back win tonight in the City of Antipolo.
The Bolts may have limited the points production of TNT’s import KJ McDaniels but it seems like they forgot to clamp down their opponent’s local cast.
McDaniels struggled to find his groove and only managed to contribute two points in the first half of Game 3. Yet, RR Pogoy, Jayson Castro, Ray Parks Jr., and Troy Rosario had a combined 69 points.
“Iyon naman ang sabi ni coach, team talaga kami. Once na umasa kami sa import namin, walang mangyayari talaga,” said Castro.
“Sobrang ganda nang nilaro ng mga locals at the same time nadadala namin ang import. Sana lahat kami maging maganda ang game going next game,” he added.
For the Meralco camp, on the other hand, a crucial turnover took place in the latter part of the fourth quarter. That instance could potentially tie the score and may even push the match to overtime.
However, Meralco import Allen Durham passed the ball to an open Cliff Hodge in the corner for a possible three-pointer just to realize later that his teammate wasn’t part of the five players inside the basketball court.
“I was hoping someone’s gonna pull a shot, hoping we would’ve made a shot to put it on overtime. AD saw my jersey and he thought I was on the court so it was my fault,” said Hodge.
“It’s part of the game, sometimes things like that happen. We’ll just try to bounce back and give it all we got on Saturday. They made their adjustments, we’ll make ours and hopefully, we can push it to Game 5,” he added.