MANILA, Philippines—When Meralco’s major plan of shutting down Converge import Jamaal Franklin failed, the Bolts relied on two of its key gamers to ship the products.
Protection is often the cornerstone of fine offense and that’s precisely what coach Norman Black had in thoughts in Meralco’s 132-129 overtime win over Converge within the PBA Governors’ Cup event on Friday.
Nonetheless, Franklin, nonetheless got here up big with a stellar triple-double of 57 factors, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
“Tonight, a variety of focus was on Franklin as a result of he handles the ball majority of the time. He could make photographs, threes, get to the basket, get to the foul line and he doesn’t miss from the foul line. Loads of our protection was set on how one can management him and never make him explode an excessive amount of towards us despite the fact that he finally did,” advised Black at Araneta Coliseum.
And when their protection failed, all they did was defend much more aggressively whereas discovering KJ McDaniels and Participant of the Sport Aaron Black on offense.
“In additional time, we simply gutted it out with protection and attempt to get as many stops. As a lot as potential we needed to get the basketball to KJ or Aaron as a result of that’s what’s been working for us,” defined the highest coach.
The Bolts doubled down on Franklin within the additional interval, irritating him to take his sixth foul and ejection from the sport.
In the meantime, McDaniels held his personal towards his import counterpart with a double-double of 33 factors and 12 rebounds.
Black completed with an all-around effort of 28 markers, eight boards and 5 dimes however made positive to acknowledge his teammates within the course of.
“[I give] credit score to my teammates. As you may see in the long run half, Raymond (Almazan) was sealing the opposite bigs for me to get layups so this (win) is credited to my bigs and staff for locating me,” the playmaker mentioned.
Black additionally acknowledged his backup level guard’s nerves of metal in additional time.
“This was a complete staff effort for us. KJ got here up large in the long run and Anjo (Caram) sealed it with two large free throws.”
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Caram barely performed in regulation however was inserted by the teaching workers within the dying seconds of OT after a scuffle between Allein Maliksi and Barkley Eboña.
He was given the gargantuan activity of sinking two technical free throws and coolly sank it to offer the Bolts a four-point lead that they might cling on to till the buzzer.
Coach Black was additionally fast to clarify his stance within the endgame brawl, saying he was solely within the court docket to defend his wards.
“I simply really imagine that if there’s any sort of rumble, you must seize your personal gamers. I attempted to cease Allein, that was my entire objective of being there.”
The win put Meralco in a two-way tie with aforementioned FiberXers within the fifth seed with twin information of six wins and 4 losses.