RYAN Gregorio hopes Meralco’s hard work combined with luck continue to pay off when the Bolts face their first acid test in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup against defending champion San Mig Coffee on Friday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
The Bolts are currently on a hot streak after winning their last three outings – back-to-back one-point victories against Globalport and Air21, before outlasting hard-luck Barako Bull, 112-104 in a high-scoring game on Wednesday.
The situation, though won’t be the same against the Mixers, Gregorio admitted.
“We’re No. 4 right now (in the team standings), but the tough climb is just about to begin,” said the 40-year-old coach.
Gregorio said one thing going for the Bolts (4-3) this conference is their unpredictability on offense.
“If there’s one thing so significant with our team right now is that you just don’t know who will light up in a game. We’re in a very good situation, but we’re not satisfied yet,” he added.
San Mig is coming off a tough 88-96 loss to crowd drawer Barangay Ginebra on Sunday after shooting a paltry 38.6 percent from the field.
Nevertheless, Mixers coach Tim Cone said they’ve realized a lot of things during their 3-1 (win-loss) campaign in the last two weeks.
“I have to admit it, it was a real horrible first three games … but we feel we’re getting our feet under us now. We kind of developed a blue print on how we want to play now. As long as we get better with our blue print, we feel we can be a force to reckon with,” Cone said, whose team is currently at solo fifth with a 3-4 record.
As always, Cone will have a lot of offensive arsenal at his disposal against Gregorio's rag-tag bunch, starting with reigning Best Import Denzel Bowles, two-time league MVP James Yap, Peter June Simon, and Joe Devance.