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    Usually affable Norman Black storms out of venue after another Meralco letdown

    Jan 21, 2018
    Meralco coach Norman Black gives a referee a piece of his mind. Jerome Ascano

    NORMAN Black certainly wasn't a happy man after Meralco dropped its third consecutive game in the PBA Philippine Cup, 99-91, at the hands of TNT on Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

    Usually accommodating to reporters in victory or defeat, the grand slam-winning coach stormed out of the venue while politely declining interview requests just a few minutes after their tough loss to the Ka-Tropa.

    Black didn’t spend much time in the locker room of the Bolts, spending just enough time to air frustration over the loss.

    Lead assistant Luigi Trillo also politely declined interview requests out of respect to their head coach.

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    It's easy to understand why Black was so frustrated. The Bolts tasted the lead just once, 1-0, before TNT answered with 13-0 blast to take control of the game for good.

    The Bolts trailed by as many as 22 points, 92-70, before TNT pulled its foot off the gas pedal to cruise to a comfortable victory.

    The team gave up a total of 18 three-pointers to TNT on 50 percent shooting, with six players hitting double digits in scoring for the KaTropa.

    In contrast, Meralco shot just 39 percent from the field while committing 17 turnovers.

    The Bolts, who were missing the services of Ranidel de Ocomapo and Cliff Hodge, will have just a few days to recover as they take on the confident Kia Picanto on Wednesday. 

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    Meralco coach Norman Black gives a referee a piece of his mind. Jerome Ascano
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