Meralco seeks to equalize semis series vs. San Mig
MANILA, Philippines – The Meralco Bolts will try to even their best-of-five semi-finals series against the San Mig Coffee Mixers Tuesday night in what both squads expect will be another defensive battle at the Araneta Coliseum.
San Mig took Game 1 of their PBA Governors Cup showdown, making big defensive stops in the endgame to draw first blood.
“We battled until we found some open lanes. Our defense created transition baskets in the fourth,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone in a PBA.ph report.
But Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio is banking on his team to bounce back strong.
“No excuses. We lost Sunday night, but we will come back stronger,” he said. “We have to shoot well. The paint is just too clogged to operate. We’ve got to get our shooters in sync to give (import) Mario (West) his operating space.”
Gregorio acknowledged that San Mig “did a good job defensively” in the first game, especially during the fourth quarter when their defense led to their offense.
“We practically had to bleed for every basket,” he said. “During crunch time, they made their shots and we failed.”
“The plan is to tie the series,” Gregorio stressed. “We cannot dig a deep 0-2 hole.”
Another win will put the Coffee Mixers just one game back of a Finals appearance, but Cone is not looking past Tuesday’s contest.
“Games will be ugly,” he said. “it’s a series of attrition.”