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    Meralco braces for big Game Two fightback from Alaska in semifinals

    Nov 13, 2018
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    MERALCO shoots for a 2-0 lead in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals against Alaska on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The Bolts won the opener of the best-of-five series and try to sustain the win run in the 7 p.m. return match.

    Meralco coach Norman Black expects Alaska to play physical defense after giving up 32 points and 14 rebounds to Bolts import Allen Durham.

    “I think that will continue. That’s the only way you will handle Allen. If you don’t play him physical, then good luck to you. He is a very physical player inside the paint. He wants to score lay-ups basically. Whenever you want to score lay-ups, you are a player who scores a lot of points in the paint, then you will need a lot of physicality from the other team,” Black said.

    Meralco is looking to extend its winning streak to eight and move within a game of returning to the finals.

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      “We know we just want to try to get to the finals. We just have to keep winning to do that. We know it’s been done before. I think Ginebra has come back from the dead almost in the past and went all the way to the finals and win the championship I believe. Just trying to fight every day, try not to think about it too much. We don’t want to put too much pressure on the players. Just want to come out every game, play hard, play defense, and give ourselves a chance,” said Black.

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      Alaska coach Alex Compton lashed out at his players during halftime of Game One for failure to execute their game plan.

      “The team’s been to the finals twice, they have the best import, they have a great coach, with Chris Newsome and Baser Amer playing better than they have ever played. This is not a seventh-seed. They just started out slow,” said Compton.

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