MERALCO decides its own fate Sunday in the PBA Governors Cup as it seeks to fortify its semifinals bid against Barako Bull in a crucial encounter at the Araneta Coliseum.
“Our destiny lies in our own hands,” admitted Ryan Gregorio, the Bolts coach.
A win in their 4:15 p.m. showdown would improve the Bolts’ record to 5-4 and finally eliminate the Energy from semis contention.
The current two-game winning streak of the Bolts is enough reason for Gregorio to like his team’s chances of advancing.
“Two straight wins is a very encouraging sign,” he said.
The Bolts convincingly defeated their last two victims, Air21 and Powerade, respectively. And they hope to do the same against the Energy.
But the Bolts, spearheaded by Mario West and Macmac Cardona, remain cautious against a backs-against-the-wall Energy side led by Leroy Hickerson, Willie Miller, and Danny Seigle.
Although a win for Barako Bull (3-5) would only give the team a potential shot at a playoff for a semifinal spot, the Energy are nonetheless, expected to bring their A-game against the Bolts to stay alive.
The Energy had a chance to win their last outing against Ginebra two nights ago. They dug themselves out of a 15-point hole and turned it into a one-point lead halfway through the fourth. They failed to close out, however, and succumbed to the Kings, 102-92.
The Meralco-Barako Bull clash will be followed by the clash between Rain or Shine and Talk 'N Text at 6:30 p.m.
The Painters (7-1) and Texters (5-3), two of the top teams in the league, have already clinched berths in the next round and will try to improve their respective records going to the carryover semifinals phase.