2015-16 PBA Season Preview: Meralco Bolts
A new day dawns on Meralco.
It has been a busy offseason for the Bolts, who are hoping that their moves will put them in the thick of the fight for the championship in the coming season, which unfurls on Oct. 18.
Meralco’s biggest acquisition is no less than Jimmy Alapag, who came out of retirement to take on the leadership role for the Bolts.
“I have a better team this year, which means more talent, bigger players, and guys who I think can run the system I will implement,” Meralco head coach Norman Black said, whose team will also rely on its veteran mainstays Gary David and Reynel Hugnatan.
The 37-year-old Alapag will also be a big help to Meralco’s rookies Baser Amer and Chris Newsome.
The Bolts also welcomed back Rabeh Al-Hussaini, who will beef up the team’s frontline that includes Bryan Faundo and Kelly Nabong. Ronjay Buenafe has also made his return to the team.
With all the new faces, Black’s only worry is developing the team’s chemistry.
“We have a lot of new pieces, so it’s very important for us to blend them in, get them know the system,” he said.
Black’s new-look Meralco squad will be put to the test right away when it faces Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, which underwent major changes with Tim Cone at the helm and Joe Devance bolstering the roster, in its opening game on Oct. 21 at Mall of Asia Arena.
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