BETTER decision making is what Meralco needs to avoid yet another meltdown similar to the one it experienced against Barako Bull.
Cliff Hodge felt the Bolts let a won game slip away when they wasted an 11-point lead in a close 94-95 decision to the Energy on opening day of the PBA Governors Cup.
“We had the lead. They (Energy) came back and we took some ill-advised shots in the end. I told the guys, we got the lead, we need to control the game, but I think we’re gonna learn a lot from these,” said Hodge, whose double-double effort of 20 points and 11 rebounds went for naught following the heartbreaking loss.
The Bolts shot just 37.8 percent from the field against Barako Bull, though the glaring eyesore was the team’s 42 attempts from the three-point arc.
Import Terrence Williams accounted for almost half of the team’s three-point field goals, attempting 20 times and making just four.
Williams declined to give an interview to Spin.ph, though Hodge said the 26-year-old former Louisville standout took the blame for the team’s debut loss.
“He (Williams) took a lot of the blame for the game, the losses are on him. He said he’s gonna learn from it and play more team ball,” the 24-year-old Fil-Am said.
Prior to the team’s debut game, expectation were high on Williams, the New Jersey Nets’ 11th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, who made 10 three-point shots in the team’s tune-up match against Alaska.
But Williams failed to live up to the hype, at least in his league debut after finishing with just 19 points on a total of 28 attempts.