Back-to-back losses show Meralco still a work in progress, says Norman Black
Meralco coach Norman Black kept his cool after a second successive loss. Jerome Ascano

MERALCO coach Norman Black kept his cool after his team suffered a second straight loss in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup - a 104-99 decision at the hands of NLEX on Friday night.

The Bolts moved down to second spot behind Alaska after enjoying the view from the top following five straight wins to star the conference.

“To be honest, I think everybody is shocked that we were five-zero, so we're not the best team in the league,” Black said. “We have improved a little and we're trying to get better.”

“(But) coming off a one-ten conference, you have to be happy with what we've shown in improvement, but to call us contenders after losing two games might be a little bit premature,” he added.

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The champion coach, though, played down their latest defeat and is taking it in stride ahead of their next game on Friday against Blackwater.

“My approach to coaching is the same as if we won five straight games: you go back to practice, you work hard, and you try to win the next game,” Black said. “There's no solution that pop out of the sky when you lose. You treat the game the same way.”

Still, Black pointed out the factors that led to their second straight setback.

“We need to work on our outside shooting, we committed too many turnovers, and gave up too many offensive rebounds,” Black said, quick to move on to their next game.

“Whatever's in front of us, that's what I want to focus on,” he concluded.

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