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    Meralco keen to keep West as it seeks second straight win vs Barako

    Aug 17, 2013

    FRESH from a morale-boosting win over Petron, Meralco looks to add Barako Bull to its list of victims as the two teams collide on Sunday in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Bolts go for their second straight victory and a share of the top spot with Rain or Shine in their 4:15 p.m. setto with the Energy Cola.

    Currently on a high after rallying past the Boosters on Wednesday, the Bolts, according to coach Ryan Gregorio are bent on keeping the services of import Mario West, a last-minute replacement for the team after original choice DJ Kennedy failed to meet the standard import limit this conference at 6-foot-5.

    West, in his second tour of duty with Meralco, was hampered by leg cramps during the second half of the team’s game against the Boosters, but Gregorio credited his local crew of Reynel Hugnatan, John Wilson, Chris Ross, and Sunday Salvacion for stepping up big especially with top scorer Macmac Cardona still on the injured list.

    “We're not looking at any other one (import). We want to make a statement playing defense because Mario also is used to guarding high-caliber NBA players,” said Gregorio.

    Barako Bull coach Rajko Toroman said the Energy Cola need to exert extra effort on the defensive end in the aftermath of their 118-113 overtime loss to Talk `N Text.

    “We need to limit our turnovers and then make sure we control the rebounds against Meralco,” said Toroman, whose team blew a 17-point third quarter lead against the Tropang Texters.

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    Mike Singletary, Barako Bull's explosive import, came through with a 41-point, 20-rebound effort against Talk 'N Text.

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