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    As Meralco stays in dugout for two hours after Ginebra loss, Black emerges with nothing much to say

    Nov 18, 2015

    RUNNING out of things to say, Meralco coach Norman Black let his wards do the talking.

    The Bolts coach allowed his players, one by one, to vent their concerns and frustrations over their disappointing start to the PBA Philippine Cup where they remained winless after bowing to Barangay Ginebra, 89-64, on Tuesday night.

    That explained why the post-game huddle took longer than usual. The team, in fact, stayed in the dugout for two hours after the blowout loss to the Gin Kings at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.

    [See Rejuvenated Ginebra deals Meralco fifth straight loss]

    When he finally emerged from the locker room, Black politely declined to grant an interview to some waiting scribes.

    “Can I pass?” the champion coach asked. “I’ve got nothing new to say.”

    Black has repeatedly pointed to their defense, or lack of it, for coming up empty handed in their first five games. But it was their offense that also proved a factor in the loss to Ginebra.

    While they allowed the Gin Kings to make 45 percent of their shots, the Bolts couldn’t make theirs as they only registered a 31-percent clip (24-of-78) from the field.

    Gary David said the Bolts are already in “panic” mode with only six games left in the single-round eliminations.

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