Proven winner Norman Black refuses to dwell on 41-point drubbing at hands of Alaska
Meralco coach Norman Black is quick to shrug off the lopsided loss to Alaska. Jerome Ascano

NORMAN Black is so used to winning that he probably doesn’t remember the last time he suffered a loss this big.

This type of defeat, after all, is not worth remembering.

The Meralco coach refused to dwell on the Bolts’ 105-64 loss to Alaska on Friday night in the PBA Philippine Cup, saying they should move on right away.

“Nobody’s happy when you lose by (over) forty points,” Black said, emerging from the dugout after a long talk with his team. “But what can you do about it? It’s over, so you look forward to the next game, try to fix what’s wrong, stay positive as much as possible, and move on.”

Black, who ranks third among coaches with the most league titles with 11 and a multi-titled collegiate mentor, felt the Bolts were sluggish on both ends after playing Blackwater last Tuesday.

“We couldn’t break their press and they scored a lot off the press,” the American mentor said. “Defensively, we relaxed and were a step slow. I don’t know why. Maybe we just had a game a couple days ago. We just got outplayed.”

“It was a pretty bad loss today,” he added as the Bolts dropped a game for the first time in three outings. “Alaska looks like a well-conditioned team and they’re on top of their game. But it’s just one loss.” 

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