Norman Black underscores need for Bolts to quickly put aside tough loss to GlobalPort
“I’m not happy with the fact that we lost tonight, but at the same time, I’m happy with the fact that we came back from a large deficit and we played it tough down the stretch,” says Meralco coach Norman Black. Jerome Ascano

LOSING a game like the one Meralco yielded against Globalport on Sunday night is indeed, a tough way to go down.

And coach Norman Black could only hope the Bolts put behind their 126-123 setback in double overtime against the Batang Pier at the soonest possible time.

“Normally, coaches and players have short memories about games,” said Black. “They usually put it aside once it is over.”

“Now it’s back to the drawing boards in practice.”

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It was a sorry loss for the Bolts - their third in six outings - in a game that saw them amazingly overcome a six-point deficit in the final 20 seconds of regulation to force the first overtime period.

At one point in the match, Meralco trailed by as many as 41-55 only to stretch Globalport to the limit.

“I’m not happy with the fact that we lost tonight, but at the same time, I’m happy with the fact that we came back from a large deficit and we played it tough down the stretch,” said Black.

The Meralco coach also stressed the need to put a lot of emphasis on guys being ready to play every night.

“Some of the guys were not focused tonight, it seemed, when the game started,” he said without naming names.

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