BY now, Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio has become well aware that “it ain’t over ‘till it’s over.”
And the eloquent mentor hopes to instill that in the minds of the Bolts as they try to avoid a strikeout of some sort in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.
The fifth-seeded Bolts nipped fourth-ranked Rain or Shine, 94-91, in Game One of their best-of-three playoff series, but the victory put them in a similar situation that has led to failure in the import-spiced conference.
In the last two Commissioner’s Cups, Meralco also took similar 1-0 lead sin the playoffs' first round against higher-seeded foes in San Mig Coffee and B-Meg, respectively, but went on to squander the lead both times.
This time, they hope to close out the series and advance to the semifinals.
“We’ve been in this situation before, but experience is always the best teacher, so hopefully now, with more intelligence and a little more experience on our end, (we have learned),” Gregorio said.
“We know that in a best-of-three series, you never really win the series until you get two wins.”
The Bolts, behind import Darnell Jackson and Gary David, have their first opportunity to finish the series on Wednesday.