MERALCO remains confident about its playoffs campaign in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup despite suffering a free fall just as the elimination round is on its stretch run.
Import Josh Davis and gunner Gary David are one in saying they still like the chances of the Bolts notwithstanding their 96-85 loss at the hands of defending champion Purefoods Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The setback – their fourth in the last five games - had the Bolts blowing away their huge chance of earning one of the top two spots in the playoffs even after getting 31 points and 13 rebounds from Davis, plus the 27 points of David.
“Everybody just needs to pick up the confidence because we all know we’re good players,” said Davis.
“We started off 5-0. We went through a rough stretch then I got hurt one game, but we ‘re not worried.”
At 6-4 and tied for fourth with NLEX, the Bolts still have a slim chance of earning one of the top two spots provided they beat Blackwater in their final game, and leaders Talk ‘N Text and Rain or Shine lose their respective final outing in the eliminations.
Meralco holds a superior quotient over Rain or Shine and Talk `N Text after beating both teams earlier in the eliminations.
But Davis wouldn’t mind the outcome.
“Whatever team it is (the Bolts face in the playoffs), we’ll make our game plan and be ready for it,” the import said confidently.
David added the Bolts will just have to keep a positive attitude and try to move on as they try to close out their elimination round schedule on a winning note.
“Kailangan naming talunin yung Blackwater para pagdating sa playoffs, mataas yung morale namin,” said David, the league’s two-time scoring champion.
“Pero sinabi di ni coach (Norman Black), huwag na huwag naming pahintulutang nandun kami sa itaas, then sa gitna, tapos bababa pa,” he added.
Meralco opened the mid-season conference with a franchise-best five straight wins, before starting to lose their grip of the top spot when Davis hurt his lower back after a bad fall in the team’s 102-86 loss to San Miguel in Cagayan de Oro City.
Davis managed to recover well after undergoing therapy, though the Bolts have gone 1-4 since then.