LUCENA—Norman Black said Meralco uncharacteritically took a lot of three-point attempts, which somehow contributed to the Bolts’ 15-point blowout loss to Ginebra in Game 1 of their PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at the Quezon Convention Center.
“We shot poorly today (friday) from the perimeter and we uncharacteristically took a lot of three-point shots,” rued Black.
The American coach said the Bolts normally average 22 three-point attempts, though Game 1 stats revealed they took 12 more shots.
Meralco shot just 8-of-34 three-point attempts overall.
Worse, the Bolts couldn’t control the boards after allowing the Kings to dominate the rebounding department, 60-40.
Import Allen Durham had 14 rebounds, but he had to battle against a very tall Ginebra front line.
“You can give credit to them (Kings) for their defense. But I think it’s also bad shot selection on our part guys because the guys we’re settling for threes,” explained Black.
The Bolts fell by 17 points in the second period after yielding too many easy transition baskets to the Kings.
Although Meralco managed to narrow the gap at 4 points late in the third period, the Bolts’ defense eventually collapsed with Ginebra import Justin Brownlee and Kevin Ferrer knocking down several three-point shots in the last quarter en route to the lopsided win.
“Going to Game 2, we have to do a better job getting good looks to the basket,” stressed Black.
The Bolts have little time to prepare, just like the Kings as both squad hurried to leave the venue to get back quickly to Manila.
Both teams will only have a few hours of rest before plunging back to practice Saturday afternoon in preparation for Game 2 this Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
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