Getting a strong lesson in their last game, the Meralco Bolts promise not to commit the same mistake again.
Taking on San Mig Coffee Wednesday, Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio said they would not be deceived by the Mixers’ poor 1-4 win-loss record.
Gregorio said they would be focused and determined as they battle the Mixers to regain a .500 mark (3-3) in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“San Mig Coffee is bound to get better. They usually start this way but they will find their bearing along the way. We must not let their 1-4 mark deceive us,” said Gregorio.
A lesson learned in their last game should serve the Bolts in good stead.
“The last defeat gave us a strong lesson – that in the PBA, there is no place for complacency. We went back to earth with a loud thud after the win against Ginebra. We must bounce back,” Gregorio said.
GlobalPort snapped Meralco’s two-game run with a 93-89 decision Friday at the Big Dome.
Gregorio said they must do their assignment to get the rebounds if they’re to bounce back against San Mig Coffee.
“Rebounding is a concern for us. Our lack of ceiling is manifesting itself in our failure to get the boards. We are dead last with only 44 rebounds per game. If we are to beat a tall team like San Mig, we must gang rebound,” said Gregorio.
“They are a strong team and we are not coming in as the favorites. With our players down with injuries, we must find ways to compete and win,” Gregorio also said.
Both teams have their health woes. James Yap and Joe Devance are smarting from injuries for San Mig while Reynel Hugnatan and Cliff Hodge are recovering for Meralco.
The Mixers surely have a lot more other concerns at 1-4.
They had just nailed their first win in the season against Air21 when the Mixers went losing again, absorbing an 83-86 defeat at the hands of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
San Mig must get going now if it were to salvage a spot in the upper half of the chart at the end of the elims. (SB)
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