MERALCO may have failed to make the playoffs of the PBA Governors Cup, but that doesn't mean the Bolts won’t go down without a fight in their final elimination game against also-ran Globalport on the road Saturday.
The Bolts currently occupy second to the last spot in the standings with their 2-6 record, just a full game ahead of the Batang Pier (1-7) going to the 2:45 p.m. encounter at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.
Meralco’s playoff hopes was formally shut down after Alaska routed Barangay Ginebra, 79-66, on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Aces improved to a 4-5 record to formally clinch a playoffs berth in the season-ending tournament.
“We just have to win, whatever it takes,” said Gregorio, whose team missed the playoffs for the second time this season.
The Bolts’ two victories this conference include an 88-87 escape act against the Aces, before ambushing the San Miguel Beermen in Cagayan de Oro last week, 90-74.
The failure of former NBA veteran Terrence Williams to adjust during his first three games with the team forced Gregorio to bring back old hand Mario West.
So far, the hardworking West is giving his all in his five games with the Bolts, averaging 27.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists.
The former Georgia Tech standout erupted for 40 points and 14 rebounds in Meralco’s 16-point demolition of San Miguel.
On the other hand, Globalport will just try to bow out of the conference on a high note as the Batang Pier try to snap their six-game losing streak under rookie coach Pido Jarencio.
Globalport’s only win this conference came at the expense of Alaska, a 95-91 victory on May 23.