AFTER back-to-back hairline wins, Meralco is hoping to come up with more comfortable and convincing victories.
Coach Ryan Gregorio nonetheless said he wouldn’t mind having to work down to the wire each and every game, so long as he and the Bolts come out on top.
The Bolts have evened their record to 3-3 after two consecutive one-point victories and now they take on skidding Barako Bull on Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“It’s gonna be a long battle and a long conference for us. All our games will be like this (close game) but for as long as we end up winners, I don’t mind,” Gregorio said, referring to the team’s nail biting 89-88 win against Air21 and the 90-89 squeaker over Globalport.
In joint fourth spot with Talk ’N Text at 3-3, the Bolts go for win No. 4 against the slumping Energy Cola (3-4) at 5:15 p.m.
Ryan Gregorio said with a lineup that is still trying to adjust since trading top point guard Solomon Mercado to Globalport prior to the start of the conference, he expects each game to be a long and tight battle.
Import Eric Dawson is again expected to power the Bolts after posting team-high averages of 25.5 points, 15.5 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.8 blocks in six games.
Gregorio also dispelled reports that his 6-9 import is on the way out.
“I don’t think it’s right to contemplate changing our import. We’re 3-3 right now and we have a chance to get to No. 4 position. So we’re definitely encouraged with where we are,” Gregorio said.
But Barako Bull will be equally, if not more, determined to pull off the win.
Losers of their last three games since starting the conference with a 3-1 record, the Energy Cola hope to snap out of the funk against the Bolts.
Barako Bull is coming off a heartbreaking 98-101 loss to Talk ’N Text in Legazpi City on Saturday after leading for a huge part of the match.
Import Evan Brock is expected to come out strong following his 14-point, 12-rebound performance versus Talk ’N Text, including just 4-of-13 shooting from the charity stripe, which proved crucial during the endgame.