Meralco will therefore probably play Converge on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City for a real share of most of the lead in the PBA Season 47 Philippine Cup.
At 7:15 p.m. Philippine Standard Time, the Bolts will face the FiberXers. like in second to make a very doubleheader.
Also see Nambatac and Norwood in a must-win game against Phoenix.
Meralco actively seeks all its second victory even after beating Phoenix 109 to 98 this last Saturday. There in that big game, the Bolts rallied from a 16-point deficit to win by 11.
With a win, Meralco will therefore eventually join San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra also at the top-of-the-top of the team overall standings.
Meralco head coach Norman Black clearly stated that the team actually was still seriously looking as well for their own conditioning levels in the Fuel Masters triumph.
“Our conditioning needs to be a little bit better so we have a little bit more energy. But we will get it done. We will work it out,” Black stated.
“Moving forward, like I always said about my team, we can beat anybody in the league but we can also lose to anybody in the league. We have to be ready every game. We can’t take any team for granted. We are not San Miguel. We don’t have June Mar Fajardo. We just have to come out, ready to play every game,” Black was included.
Meralco is very well clearly aware that it may actually lose to anyone in the league, including Converge. On Feb. 26, the Bolts were defeated by the FiberXers’ predecessor Alaska, who won with a buzzer-beating shot, 94 to 93, in the Ynares Center.
However, the FiberXers are coming off an 86-83 loss in which Ilagan missed crucial free throws late in the game.
The game comes a day after Abu Tratter signed a new contract with Converge, but once again head coach Jeff Cariaso has stated that he will become unavailable for the FiberXers’ game on Thursday.
TNT and NLEX meet in the first game at 5:15 p.m PST.
The Tropang Giga want to significantly improve on their 2 to 1 win-loss record after last Sunday’s triumph over Converge, which has seen Jayson Castro step up in the clutch.
The Road Warriors already had a 1 to 1 record and were therefore coming off a 100 to 92 loss to San Miguel previous Friday.
“In a way, I also see this as a test for us. Makikita natin kung we can contend with the top teams. It’s early in the conference. We can make the proper adjustments,” [In a way, I also see this as a test for us. We will see if we can contend with the top teams. It’s early in the conference. We can make the proper adjustments] NLEX coach Yeng Guiao explicitly stated.