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    Mood calm as Black, Meralco Bolts prepare for biggest match in franchise history

    Oct 26, 2017
    The Meralco Bolts are looking to finally claim a maiden PBA title. Jan Ballesteros 

    WHILE Ginebra trained behind closed doors, Meralco held an open workout although coach Norman Black refused to provide specifics as the Bolts prepared for the do-or-die match against the Kings.

    The Bolts walked through their plays on Thursday after spending an hour viewing tapes of Game Six.

    "I don't really have any expectations. We only have a goal in mind which is to win a championship," Black said on the eve of the series finale at the Philippine Arena.

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      "We know we're facing a really good team," he said. 

      The Bolts are looking to settle a score with the Kings, who won their title showdown last season. Black, meanwhile, has lost two title series to Tim Cone - San Miguel, under Black, was also beaten by Cone's Alaska in the 1995 Governors Cup.

      "They're well coached, they're talented, they're big but still we have a chance to win a championship so that's really the goal, to go out and do the best we can, play as hard as we can, and try to win."  

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        Black, who was moved to Meralco from TNT in 2014, is looking to deliver a title for the Bolts, who has yet to lift conference trophy since entering the league in 2010.

        "I'm hoping the team to play well. It's going to take a really big effort from everybody for us to be successful in the game against Ginebra," he said. 

        "We want to win for the company, the community, the compound where we work everyday. We're gonna do the best we can to make them happy."

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