MERALCO is suddenly on a two-week break after a grueling stretch that saw the Bolts play two games during three successive weekends, but coach Norman Black is not complaining.
They actually did well during the backbreaking stretch, and even have a shot at the No. 2 spot in the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
With the PBA on a break for the Fiba Basketball World Cup third window, the Bolts get to rest, but need to avoid rust, ahead of the round of four starting on July 9.
“We have a really strange schedule,” said Black.
“We played three back-to-backs, Friday-Sunday, this conference and two straight weeks of Friday-Sunday. And then we take off two straight weeks, which is a little bit strange.”
“But that’s the schedule they gave us to we just have to play. But it’s never to your advantage that you have to play Friday-Sunday,” said Black.
Meralco will learn which team it will face in the quarterfinals only at the end of the final playdate of the eliminations, on July 7.
But Black is not complaining, happy that the Bolts are figuring prominently in the battle for the second twice-to-beat spot with a 7-4 win-loss slate,
Meralco’s performance in the Commissioner’s Cup is also far better than their Philippine Cup campaign where the Bolts missed the quarterfinals with a 4-7 win-loss slate.
“We are probably guaranteed at least the fourth spot. Possibly, we can move to three I guess. Obviously, San Miguel can finish No. 5 so that makes the crossover more difficult. I rather be in our situation right now than to be whether we can make the playoffs or not like we were last All-Filipino,” Black said.