24 May 2015

Bolts Need Low-Post Threat

Danny I
As the Meralco Bolts prepare for their fifth game this Conference, they will still be without a legitimate low-post threat. Reynel Hugnatan is slowing down, while Danny Ildefonso can't get his game going. There might be a few exceptional play from time to time but that is not enough.

Next game will be on 24 May against the Barako Bull Energy Drink that is parading a 7-foot-2 import Liam McMorrow.

McMorrow, a teammate of Meralco’s Japanese import Seiya Ando in the NBL-Canada, is averaging monster numbers of 27.3 points and 21.6 rebounds, while shooting a tournament-best 62.9 percent from the floor.

In order to win, the Bolts need the likes of Hugnatan, Ildefonso and newly-acquired Kelly Nabong producing and doing much more than what they usually do.

Nabong has not been used extensively by the GlobalPort Batang Pier. He became the last option after the arrival of Billy Mamaril and Doug Kramer from the previous trade. So far, Nabong played a total of only 14 games this season and averaged only 3.0. More importantly, though, he can help defend the paint against bigger opponents and contribute 4.4 rebounds per game.

Nobody can even remember when was the last time he made a field goal. Even though he hasn’t played much, the Bolts can use his physical presence inside the paint to mitigate the dominance of 7-foot centers in the league.

Meralco Bolts coach Norman Black coach noted Nabong can help defend the post against bigger players.

"We’re probably preparing for the fact that we still have to go up against seven-footers because of the format," he said. "We still play KIA and we still play Barako Bull so we have to do a better job controlling the rebounds."
Type rest of the post here

No comments:

Post a Comment