MERALCO plays NLEX on Friday with import Josh Davis back in harness as the Bolts resume their bid for a place in the top two of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
Davis will be suiting up for the Bolts in the 7 p.m. match almost a week after getting injured in a hard fall during the second quarter of the team’s 102-86 loss to San Miguel Beer in Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday.
It was just the first loss for the team in the mid-season conference after opening its campaign with a franchise-best five straight wins.
Coach Norman Black admitted the 6-foot-7 Davis is still not 100 percent though the native of San Diego State is expected to be ready against the Road Warriors.
“Josh is still suffering from his hard fall,” said Black. “But as of now, he should play.”
Black knows the Bolts need all the help they can get from Davis especially since the team will be up against an NLEX side which just a few days ago pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in the conference.
“We are looking to bounce back from our setback in the last game, and stay on top of the standings. It will be tough because NLEX is coming off a morale-boosting win over San Miguel last Tuesday,” Black said.
NLEX (2-4) is fresh from a 100-93 conquest of the reigning Philippine Cup champion Beermen behind its strong fourth-quarter rampage as it revived its playoff hopes.
Former Los Angeles Clippers forward Al Thornton led the Road Warriors’ furious effort in the payoff period with 30 points, and is once again expected to be at the forefront of the team’s attack against the Bolts.
“Di natin talaga alam kung ano ang status ni Josh Davis, but with him playing, mabigat na laban iyan,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.
However, Fernandez believes the Road Warriors’ come-from-behind win over the Beermen was a good confidence-booster to the team.