(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
4:15 p.m. -- NLEX vs. Blackwater
7 p.m. -- Meralco vs. Alaska
MERALCO coach Norman Black has lately been a picture of a contented man. Well, why wouldn’t he be, his Bolts have been doing fine in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The Bolts, after falling in ambush to Blackwater in their opening game in the kickoff conference last Nov. 27, have actually rebounded mightily and cornered their next two outings to be in the thick of things.
The Bolts defeated NLEX, 108-93 last Dec. 3, then put one over on Talk ‘N Text, 98-87, last Friday, making Black pretty happy with what he has been seeing in his charges.
“I just would like to applaud my players for their defensive effort today,” said Black, referring to their win over the Tropang Texters.
Black was particularly impressed with what he saw in rookie Ed Daquioag and Rabeh Al-Hussaini who scored 23 and 14 points, respectively, for the Bolts in game against TNT.
Now, Black said he is looking forward to that huge development in his roster, something which will be put into test when the Bolts play Alaska today in the 7 p.m. main offering of an interesting double-header at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Ed Daquioag stepped up particularly in the 4th. He’s a smart kid, very talented. Am looking forward to his development throughout the year,” said Black, while also citing Al-Hussaini.
The Bolts will go for their third straight win in four outings, win that will give them a share of the lead with San Miguel, Globalport and Rain or Shine.
The Aces are near the cellar with one win to show in three outings. Their only win coming at the expense of Globalport, 95-84, last Dec. 7.
NLEX and Blackwater collide in the first game at 4:15 p.m., with the Road Warriors seeking for a win that will prevent them from being stranded at the cellar.