Gary David singles out import Josh Davis as the biggest reason behind Meralco franchise's best start ever
Gary David said import Joshua Davis' intimidating factor inside has been a huge lift for the unbeaten Meralco Bolts. Jaime Campos

GARY David attributed Meralco’s fast start in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup to the intimidation factor import Joshua Davis brings to the team.

The veteran gunner said there’s no doubt the 24-year-old Davis has a lot to do with the Bolts’ 3-0 record, which is the franchise’s best start since joining the league in 2010.

“Talagang nakukuha namin sa kanya (Davis) eh yung energy  kasi kita niyo naman, grabe ang ginagawa niya sa laro saka yung energy niya at intimidation sa gitna napapaiba niya ang tira ng kalaban,” noted David, shortly after Meralco walloped sister team Talk ‘N Text, 91-83, on Wednesday night to grab the solo lead.

The 36-year-old shooting guard explained that since the team’s quarterfinal loss to Alaska in the Philippine Cup, the Bolts have made a concerted effort to talk and work more on their defense as what coach Norman Black had been preaching.

The end result has so far been impressive, according to the former Lyceum standout.

“Nagusap-usap kasi kami nung matalo kami sa Alaska, so yung tiwala sa isa’t-isa at yung respeto sa isa’t-isa nanudun na ngayon. Tapos yung sistema talaga ni coach, yun lang ang focus namin this break,” he added. 

Even though he remains as Meralco’s top scoring option, David said he sees to it he also does his role on the defensive end.

“Alam ko na ang gusto niya (Black). Nag-usap kasi kami kung ano gusto niya makita sa laro ko. Saka yung mag-focus pa ako sa depensa, dahil defensive-minded siya at nag-extra workout din ako nung break,” explained the two-time league scoring champion.

The Bolts will take a two-day break before plunging back to practice on Saturday as they prepare for their match against Rain or Shine Elasto Painters next Tuesday.

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