04 December 2017

Nico Salva Will Now Really Join Coach Norman Black

Nico Salva
Ranidel De Ocampo was the ultimate stretch four for the Meralco Bolts. He was even an instrumental factor to the Bolts' title run last Governor's Cup. However, when he was injured, Meralco lost a potent outside threat which led to their downfall in seven games against the eventual winner Barangay Ginebra.

With that bitter lesson, Meralco is set to bring in an alternate to that De Ocampo, Nico Salva.

The former Kia player is headed for Meralco as an unrestricted free agent. Salva suiting up for the Bolts would definitely be a big boost to a team that is coming off a strong runner-up finish in the last Governors Cup.

The 27-year-old Salva will be reunited at Meralco with former college coach Norman Black, with whom he won five UAAP men’s basketball championship at Ateneo.

As early as last season, the young forward had already been on the radar of the Bolts who attempted to get him from Barangay Ginebra via a trade.

But the Kings shipped him instead to Mahindra (now KIA Picanto) for a future second-round pick. He signed a one-year deal with the team and became a regular fixture in Coach Chris Gavina’s rotation.

He may not be the game-changer that the Bolts are looking for, but the two-time UAAP Finals MVP (2011 and 2012) will provide instant relief to De Ocampo.

It was reported that Mac Baracael is also trying out with Meralco in the hopes of salvaging his basketball career.

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