Black urged Meralco to rise like Phoenix - but turnovers, missed foul shots derail comeback
"When you're trying to rally back, almost everything has to go well," says Meralco coach Norman Black. "You can't miss foul shots for sure." Jerome Ascano

NORMAN Black was hoping Meralco could do a Phoenix in the second half of its PBA Philippine Cup game against San Miguel on Wednesday night.

Unfortunately, it didn't come.

The Bolts fell short in their rally from 31 points down opposite the Beermen and dropped a 101-86 loss at the Astrodome.

Black admitted he told the Bolts at halftime how Phoenix was able to turn around a 26-point fourth quarter deficit to pull the rug from under Globalport, 101-99, in the day's first game.

"I told the players that Phoenix was also down a lot and came back and won the game," he recalled. "Maybe that's one of the reasons why they fought hard in the second half."

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After a flat start, the Bolts did play better in the final two quarters.

But the deficit was simply too big to overcome for the Bolts, whose endgame turnovers and missed free throws further hurt their cause.

"When you're trying to rally back, almost everything has to go well, go correct to get back to the basketball game," added Black.

"And you can't miss foul shots for sure."

Meralco went down to its third straight loss for a 2-4 record heading to the New Year break. The league resumes on January 6.

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