01 November 2015

Bolts Not As Good as Beermen Right Now

Cliff Hodge
Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot combined for 34 points to lead the San Miguel Beermen to a 101-85 demolition and dismantling of the newly retooled Meralco Bolts last 28 October.

The Bolts never-say-die style of play brought them toe-to-toe most of the time before they lost, but the final score doesn't exactly dictate how much better the Beermen were than the Bolts in the second half.

The Bolts kept up with the Beermen through 24 minutes of play, as the two teams were tied at the half, 47-47, but they were out-shot in the second half, including a fourth quarter that saw the Beermen shoot more than 50 percent, thanks in part to Ryan Arana's 3-4, 7-point performance and Chris Lutz's 3-4, 6-point output.

All in all, the Bolts shot 42.0 percent from the field and 22.0 percent from three-point range.

Maybe they aren't quite ready to go toe-to-toe with the Beermen, the defending Philippine Cup champions and a team that looks to be a serious threat to defend it again.

"You feel better when you make shots; everything seems a little rosier, right?" one avid Meralco fan quipped after the game. "We had a lot of misses. Some of them were good looks, some of them weren’t. Again, I think that we have to move the ball better and continue to probe for better shots. It's Game 1. We’re not as good as these guys right now. I think that was pretty evident and clear for everyone to see."

The Beermen are a team that looks to compete all the way until the end. When you think about the Philippine Cup, you think about them first. Then perhaps the Rain or Shine Elastopainters and Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters.

This was an early test for the Bolts , one in which they didn't pass. They'll get other opportunities though.

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