15 February 2016

Veterans' Numbers Are Not Promising

Arinze Onuaku
Despite their convincing win (90-86) against the Star Hotshots last 10 February 2016, Meralco Bolts has still a lot of things to cover.

Coach Norman Black may be optimistic of his team's chances, but the numbers from that first game is not that promising.

"We are moving a lot better than last conference. We really have improved a lot," the Grand Slam-winning coach said to OneMeralcoSport.com.

They are moving a lot better, that's true, but the improvement part is limited to a few players only. In fact the number of improved plays were offset by several errors from veterans that the net improvement should probably be around zero.

Rookies Chris Newsome and Baser Amer showed a lot of promise after an unimpressive performance in the last conference, but the two veterans Gary David and Jimmy Alapag poured cold water to those head's up play with their own so-so shooting.

David who had a career average of 43.0 percent can only sink two out of his ten attempts for a dismal 20.0 percent shooting, including 1-4 from the rainbow area. Alapag, on the other hand, manage an almost woeful 33.3 percent despite having a 54.3 percent clip from the floor during the 2014-2015 season with the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters.

Newsome's 58.3 percent and Arinze Onuaku's 68.7 percent clip on the floor were the main reasons why the Bolts manage to secure a win, while Amer's 60.0 percent shooting from the -3-point line kept them in the game for the rest of the first half.

Unless the veterans can show the rookies the right attitude, composure and shooting selection during close games, then the Bolts may have to endure superficial wins for now.

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