Meralco seeks bounce back win
MANILA, Philippines – The Meralco Bolts hope to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss when they face off against the Air21 Express in the PBA Governors Cup on Sunday afternoon at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Meralco squandered an 20-point lead and bowed to GlobalPort, 79-91, in their previous game, slightly denting their chances of making the top four at the end of the elimination round.
“(We need to) get back on track,” Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio said. “We were derailed in our last game. We couldn’t manage our lead, but it was a temporary setback only. We’ll play sharper (today).”
A win against Air21 will assure the Bolts of at least a tie for a slot in the top four.
But a victory is unlikely to come easy, especially against an Air21 team that is in high spirits after pulling off a 106-102 upset of Talk 'N Text in their previous game.
“It was a very short celebration, considering we’re going up against a very tough Meralco team,” Air21 coach Franz Pumaren said. “But the boys are in very high spirits. They are upbeat.”
Air21, with their 2-5 record, still hopes to make it to the playoffs, although they need to beat Meralco on Sunday and Alaska in their next game for them to have a shot.
“Our destiny is still in our hands,” Pumaren said. “We just have to take care of our end of the business and see where it takes us.”
Game time is at 4:15 p.m.