RANIDEL DE Ocampo is keeping his fingers crossed that Meralco and TnT Katropa won't meet each other in the PBA Governors Cup playoffs.
Should it become unavoidable, he could only wish for one thing.
"Kung mag-meet kami ng TnT sana sa finals para hindi kami magharap agad," he said following the Bolts' 100-93 win over the Globalport Batang Pier on Friday in the PBA Governors Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The win tied Meralco with Barangay Ginebra for the lead with identical 8-2 records, while TnT, de Ocampo's former team, is in a three-way logjam with San Miguel and NLEX at 7-3 for third to fifth spots.
De Ocampo isn't sure yet how the quarterfinals pairings will end up, depending on the results of the conference's final two playdates.
"Hindi pa natin alam. Marami pa kasing mangyayari," he said.
If ever, he said meeting the Katropa in the playoffs would be an entirely different feeling, having played with the franchise for nine years and won a total of six championships.
"Iba siguro ang pakiramdam kapag nakaharap ko na sila," said RdO.
Slowly but surely, de Ocampo said he's adjusting with the system of Meralco after playing his second game with the team - both of them victories.
He sees a solid camaraderie within the team, which he now calls as his new family and his new home.
And it would really play a huge factor in Meralco's bid to win a first ever league championship.
"Nung na-trade ako, ang una kong inisip yung mabigyan ng championship ang Meralco. And tingin ko naman meron kaming magandang chance na manalo," said the veteran stretch four.