Black hopes Meralco learns from costly miscues in q’finals exit

first_imgCayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “I told the players that it’s all about learning experience. Obviously in the end, there’s going to be one winner so everybody else is gonna be losers. It’s just heartbreaking because we should’ve won the game, we we’re right there, and we made the mistakes down the stretch to lose the game,” he said.Meralco squandered a golden opportunity to advance to the semifinals a number of times, losing hold of its 14-point lead in the third frame and a five-point edge in the last 2:29.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith the Bolts holding on to a tight 89-88 edge, Ranidel de Ocampo was whistled for a technical foul for not reporting to the scorer’s table, but Chris Newsome muffed the accompanying freebie with 12.3 seconds remaining. Though the KaTropa failed to score on the other end, Newsome turned the ball over anew as his pass to the foot of Joshua Smith got picked up by Jayson Castro, who would go on and send the game to overtime.The tough sequences late in the game obviously took a toll on the Bolts as a deflated crew failed to match up against TNT in the extra five minutes. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Creamline nears bronze finish WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt may sound repetitive, but coach Norman Black truly believes that the lessons learned from Meralco’s failed campaigns should be building blocks for the team going forward.The Bolts bowed out of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals in heartbreaking fashion, a 104-96 overtime loss to TNT on Friday, but there’s no reason for the team to bow their heads.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Black knows that accepting defeat is tough after almost tasting the win, but he’s hopeful that these bitter experiences will serve his team right once these situations arose again.“Right now, my backcourt, who I should say are two second-year players, are very talented but is only in the league for five conferences, so just give them a chance to mature and get the experience needed to make the right plays in that situation,” he said, referring to Newsome and Baser Amer. “Hopefully, when we get into this situation, we won’t make those same mistakes.“But there’s a reason for optimism for Meralco, especially with the way Amer made the leap this conference.“He took over the leadership for the team at the point guard position and he’s been very productive. I thought he was our leading scorer this conference and probably one of our leading assists guys and one of our leading rebounders. He did well this conference and hopefully, he can build on that,” he said.The Bolts will have ample time to do just that as they are set to welcome back Allen Durham in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img

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