Norman Black set to unveil ‘new play’ as Meralco, Ginebra clash in Game 3

Meralco coach Norman Black is doing everything he can to win the title series in the PBA Governors Cup, and that includes coming out with a new play when the Bolts clash with Barangay Ginebra in Game 3 Wednesday night.

“Actually, what we’re doing (in practice) is something completely new,” Black said, heading to the team’s pivotal match at 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Both teams split the first two games of the championship series.

Meralco shocked Ginebra by taking Game 1 in overtime, 114-109, while the Kings managed to hold off the Bolts’ last-gasp rally to eke out an 82-79 win on Sunday.

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Black meant business during practice the past two days, imposing 10 push-ups each time the players make a mistake as he stressed the importance of focus.

“Normally, when you teach something for the first time, it never really works out that well, so it’s nothing that I’m trying to discipline them. It’s just something I do if they mess up,” said Black, on the 10 push-ups.

“It’s just me. I asked them to do something and they didn’t do it correctly,” he added.

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An eight-time PBA champion coach, Black reiterated the importance of coming out with energy and hustle in Game 3.

“We got to bring more energy, more hustle, because I thought we got outhustled (in Game 2),” shared Black.

“They (Kings) seemed to be a bit hungrier than we were so we have to bring that hunger back,” he said.

Nonetheless, the American coach assured that they are battle-ready in Game 3.

“The spirits of the players are still high and I’m hoping they’ll be ready to play.” – Jason Mercene

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