ANTIPOLO CITY — Some bonding time among Meralco players a few days ago went a long way in the Bolts breaking a three-game slide against the league’s most popular team Barangay Ginebra.
The Bolts held a team barbeque hosted by Sean Anthony that doubled as a players-only meeting on Wednesday, giving the team a chance to bond with each other.
It worked for the Bolts as they defeated Ginebra at the Ynares Center to improve their record to 4-3 for fifth place in the team standings.
Skipper Jared Dillinger said the team meeting helped a lot as they were able to iron things out within themselves.
“The most important thing was that we had a team barbeque and a players-only meeting. We talked about many things that we needed to address. Most importantly, we just stayed together. It showed what type of people we are at Meralco.
“It was a good way to bounce back,” said Dillinger.
Dillinger said the entire team pitched in during the team barbeque with the players’ wives also making desserts. They also feasted on lechon with Anthony also doing his share in grilling.
“I think we are going to do that again. I think that’s the secret to winning. We will do it again,” said Dillinger.
A 15-0 run in the second period allowed the Bolts to pull away from Ginebra on their way to the victory. But it wasn’t easy as they have to overcome the Gin Kings in front of a packed house at the Ynares Center.
“It was a battle. I don’t have a voice right now. It was like it’s us against the whole arena. It was just a blessing. A total team effort. I couldn’t be happier right now,” said Dillinger.