MERALCO coach Norman Black believes the Bolts won’t miss Gary David’s offense as much as most would expect, saying it has been their team defense that has been the biggest factor to their early success in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
David, who had been dropped to the unrestricted free-agent list, is a two-time scoring champion averaging more than 16 points his entire 12-year career. But the veteran gunner has normed just 6.6 points in seven games this conference, reaching double digits only twice.
The Bolts, though, have hardly felt the drop in David’s offensive output as Black takes pride in their defense that has allowed just 90.1 points in eight outings.
“To be honest, we’re doing well this conference because of our defense,” the champion coach said after practice on Holy Wednesday. “Our offense has been spotty at best.”
As for the offense, Black quickly pointed to import Arinze Onuaku as the focal point and that the Bolts have managed to win six of their games with their dominant reinforcement shouldering most of the load.
“If push comes to shove, we’ll just focus on getting the ball to Arinze because he’s the biggest, strongest guy in the league,” Black said. “We basically run our offense through him.”
“I don’t really see any special adjustments on my part to make up for the difference of Gary not being here,” he was quick to add. “I’m sure the other players will pitch in.”
Baser Amer stepped up the most in the Bolts’ first game in the post-David era, firing 15 points including four three-pointers in the team’s 106-83 rout of Blackwater last Friday.