Once again at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo, Aaron Black itself has finally won a game in his career path.
Black actually scored 25 points in Meralco’s 90 to 74 moment of triumph against Converge on Thursday, establishing his own personal best in the PBA.
The longtime Ateneo guard also scored 25 points in Game Five of the last season’s Governors’ Cup finals, but it still ended in one of Meralco’s three consecutive defeats, effectively allowing Barangay Ginebra to win the championship.
Black’s previous career best simply was 24, accomplished in the very same finals series but also in an utter defeat in Game Two.
“Good feeling for me na nakapanalo kami today,” said Black. “Credit to my teammates. They found me today. And it was really a team effort for us. Nag-struggle kami nung third quarter pero nung fourth, at least naikot namin ang bola. We started hitting shots.” [ “Good feeling for me that we won today,” Black stated. “Credit to my teammates. They found me today. And it was really a team effort for us. We struggled in the third quarter, but at least we got the ball back in the fourth. We started hitting shots.” ]
In the fourth quarter, Black scored eight of Meralco’s 29 points, igniting the breakaway goal against all of Converge.
The Meralco junior finally began to heat up in the second half period, scoring runs 13 points as the Bolts probably took a 44 to 35 obvious advantage all into halftime. He subsequently converted four of his five three chances.
Just after scoring 19 points in their own season opening against further Phoenix the other week, Black started up where he left off offensively. He also actually shot easily and effectively from behind the arc, capable of connecting on three of his four attempts.
Black revealed that one of the things he previously worked on throughout the summer was his three-point shot.
“I just tried to improve any way I can. Syempre ‘yung shooting, gusto ko rin i-improve. Medyo mababa ‘yung three-point shooting ko last conference. But I think it’s also a testament to our team and how we move the ball. We got a lot of open shots today and that’s kudos to my teammates. Pero I try to come to practice every day to work hard and improve on something. Thankfully, pumapasok nga ‘yung mga tira ko,” Black added. [ “I just tried to improve any way I can. Every time I shoot, I want to improve. Last conference, I struggled with my three-point shooting. But I think it’s also a testament to our team and how we move the ball. We got a lot of open shots today and that’s kudos to my teammates. But I strive to come to practice every day to work hard and develop. Thankfully, my shooting points have been successful.” ]
Black will try to maintain his hot shooting as the Bolts take on TNT today (Saturday) at 7:15 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (PST).