Norman Black owns up to Meralco letdown: 'I'm the coach ... It's my fault'
Norman Black and Meralco finished the Philippine Cup with the league's worst record.

NORMAN Black has been around in the PBA so long that he’s not about to drag any players down the gutter after Meralco's disappointing campaign in the Smart Bro-Philippine Cup.

Black said the Bolts’ failure to post wins in the leaderboard was on him, plain and simple.

“Being the coach, I’ll take the blame for the losses. It’s my fault,” said the multi-titled mentor after the Bolts capped their campaign in the all-Filipino conference with yet another loss, 97-87, at the hands of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Meralco failed to advance to the playoffs after finishing dead-last in the 12-team field with a 1-10 (win-loss) slate, the worst finish by the Bolts since Black took over the coaching reins from Ryan Gregorio last season.

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Black said he knows the mounting disappointment within the team when the losses kept piling that blaming others will become the norm of the game.

“Whenever you lose a lot there’s a tendency for people to point fingers at the other guy,” admitted the Meralco coach.

“But I’m the head coach. I’m the boss. I’ll handle and shoulder all the disappointment and the losing,” he said.

Black however, stressed the need for the players to also reflect and look back on what happened the entire conference.

“At the same time, individually, I need my players to be able to look themselves in the mirror and figure out what they did wrong and what they can do better and how we can improve next conference,” he said.

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