MERALCO coach Norman Black refuses to be caught in the moment in what’s shaping up to be a classic finals match-up in the PBA Governors’ Cup against Ginebra.
The Gin Kings launched a throwback comeback behind Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa that left fans reminiscing the heyday of the 'Fast and Furious' pair as Ginebra took Game Four, 88-86, on Friday night.
But it came at the expense of Black’s Bolts, who wasted a chance to move on the cusp of winning their first championship as the best-of-seven series went back to square one, tied at two games apiece.
“I'm at a war right now. I'm not a fan of Ginebra,” Black stressed. “I respect them, but I don’t have time to be a fan of the other team. They definitely came out tonight, gave them a big lift, and made that big counter-run, so respect yes, fan no.”
And his main focus is to get the Bolts back on track in Game Five on Sunday night after they wasted their own comeback from 16 points down in a stunning 32-point turnaround in the third quarter behind import Allen Durham.
“We made a run to get back in the game, but they just countered the run actually,” Black said. “Most of that happened when I took Durham out of the game and the momentum changed immediately once he went to the bench. When he came back, we weren't able to get the momentum back for the rest of the game.”
“Give them a lot of credit,” he added. “They knew how important this game was and they came out and countered our run.”
Black hopes the significance of Game Five is not lost on the Bolts as the winner in the 6:30 p.m. skirmish will move on the verge of the title.