29 March 2012

Preview: Bolts vs Tigers

Preview: Bolts vs Tigers
The Meralco Bolts are silently gearing up for a slot in the quarterfinals in the on-going Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner Cup. While they have definitely had their fair share of bumps and bruises (sometimes quite literally) they have quietly earned themselves a 4-5 record and are looking to oust the Powerade Tigers for a shot at the next round.

For a brief period in the elimination round, it was questionable if the Bolts have chosen the right import for the job. Earl Barron failed to give the Bolts a win on his first game since coming back as an import, ironically, against the Tigers. The Bolts local crew did not fair better. Surely one or more of the core players was going to explode this time around. On who that would be will remain a question until the final whistle is blown.

After Barron settled down to his role in the team, everyone began to play with purpose. The knock-out game on Friday (30 March 2012) could be the last time Barron will be playing with the same squad. The fact is bittersweet. If the team losses their game against the Tigers, the message is clear. The Bolts need to build for the future and shuffle their coaching staff. Sadly it is a fact of professional sports. Nothing ever stays the same.

The matchup …

The Meralco Bolts will take on the Powerade Tigers at the Cuneta Astrodome on Friday, 30 March 2012 at 5:15 P.M. EDT.

The standings…

The Bolts comes into the game having won their last game against Air21 Express and have won three of their last four games.

The Tigers enters the matchup lost two close matches, both 2-point losses against B-Meg Llamados and Alaska Aces. Before the two heart-breaking losses, the Tigers drubbed the Air21 Express for a lopsided 29-point win.

The season series…

In their last meeting on 26 February 2012, Gary David of the Tigers wound up with a game-high 29 points and drew plenty of help from Dwayne Jones, Sean Anthony and Marcio Lassiter in a big second half surge that enabled Powerade to notch its second straight come-from-behind win.

The Tigers held Meralco to a 1-for-9 field shooting and into committing six turnovers in the first six minutes of the fourth period.

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