03 March 2016

Preview: Bolts Looking For Payback

Meralco Bolts' Josh Davis
The Meralco Bolts continue their unbelievable winning run and stretch it to five after surviving a gritty GlobalPort Batang Pier last 28 February. Standing in their way from achieving a franchise-best six-game winning streak is the All-Filipino champion San Miguel Beermen, which they will face on 5 March in Legazpi City, Albay.

It can be recalled that during the same conference last year, the Bolts streaked to 5 wins with import Josh David anchoring their defense. They were poised to get their sixth win in a row, when they were thwarted by the Beermen in an out-of-town game in Cagayan De Oro last 21 February 2015. But it was a game marred by a sick attempt to take out Davis.

Beermen's Junemar Fajardo sent Davis airborne with a fake, but Meralco’s shot blocking import instead crashed hard to the floor on his hip with 7:16 remaining in the second quarter.

Davis immediately stood up and tried to go after Fajardo but had to lie back down as he grimaced in pain while holding on to his left hip.

"I wasn’t expecting for that to happen. I wanted to go to him and help him when I saw what happened. But I didn't know what to do, I was shocked," the 6-foot-10 giant, who was seen shaking his head, said in Filipino.

Davis, arguably the most impressive import in the field so far, finished with four points and five rebounds in just 13 minutes and 34 seconds of play. After the injury, the 6-foot-9 import was never the same again.

At present, the Bolts are 5-0. The Beermen are 1-1 and are coming off a unprecedented championship comeback in the recently concluded All-Filipino conference. The Bolts are looking for their 6th straight win while the Beermen are hoping to get back on track after losing their first game in the Commissioner's Cup. The Beermen are coming off a win against the GlobalPort Batang Pier through the 52-point output of their import, Tyler Wilkerson.

The loss to the Beermen last year is still fresh in the minds of the Bolts, and so they definitely owe them a beatdown, not only for thwarting Meralco's date with destiny, but for giving hard-working import Davis a serious injury.

Will Fajardo be able to hurt Arinze Onuaku they way he did to Davis? He may think about doing that, but he should bear in minds that, unlike Davis, Onuaku is sturdy wall that is just too big for anybody in the league to push around without hurting themselves in return.

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