AFTER losing its third straight game to open the PBA Governors Cup, Meralco is now looking at the possibility of bringing back old hand Mario West to replace current import Terrence Williams.
“Pag-uusapan pa namin,” admitted Meralco team manager Butch Antonio to Spin.ph after the Bolts’ 95-82 loss to Barangay Ginebra on Saturday night at the Mall of Asia Arena. “Pero kasi it’s also a question of timing.”
With the short tournament format being enforced in the season-ending meet, Antonio said the coaching staff led by Ryan Gregorio will try to decide on Williams’ fate the soonest possible time.
The Bolts failed to sustain their hot start against the Kings to lose for the third straight time and go down the cellar of the 10-team field.
Earlier, Meralco dropped a 95-94 heartbreaker to Barako Bull, and then suffered a 105-99 defeat to sister team Talk ‘N Text.
The Bolts will be playing their fourth game in nine days on Tuesday when it goes up against another heavyweight in grand slam-seeking San Mig Super Coffee.
The 6-foot-4 Williams, selected 11th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, led the Bolts with 26 points, but he was just 7-of-24 overall from the field as he struggled on the leech-like defense of Ginebra swingman Chris Ellis.
The standout from Louisville in college averaged 21.6 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 6.0 assists in three games.
But he shot just 21.6 percent from the three-point zone or 32.3 percent from the field in all of his game with the Bolts.
On the other hand, West owns PBA career averages of 26.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists after playing for the Bolts in the 2012 and 2013 seasons of the Governors Cup, respectively.