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Black laments poor shooting as Meralco heads to Fiba Asia Champions Cup

Black laments poor shooting as Meralco heads to Fiba Asia Champions Cup

MERALCO found itself wanting in terms of offense in a 96-86 loss to Phoenix Wednesday night in the PBA Governors Cup.

While the Bolts didn’t do bad defensively which had been the team’s staple, they couldn’t seem to shoot straight as they made just 38 percent of their shots (33-of-86) and tumbled to a 1-3 (win-loss) record.

That’s the worst form to have heading to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Nonthaburi, Thailand and coach Norman Black could only rue his team’s offensive struggle.

“Our defense wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad. But offensively, we’re just a poor shooting team tonight,” said Black, after a game that saw the Bolts finish 7-of-34 from three-point range for a poor 20 percent clip.

In contrast, the Fuel Masters were hot from down town, making 47 percent of their shots (8-of-17). Overall, they went 37-of-73 from the field for a high 50 percent shooting.

“If we shot the ball a little bit better, then we probably would have played better a lot tonight. But we just couldn’t make open shots,” said the Meralco coach.

The Bolts missed the services of Ranidel De Ocampo and Jared Dillinger, both out with injuries. While Black stressed that he doesn’t want to use their absence as an excuse, the team could’ve use a little leadership and poise.

“Obviously, two of my starters were not there. And you’re relying on your bench players to get the job done for you,” said Black

“But the bottom line is you’re missing two really good players. But that’s no excuse,” he added. “Whenever somebody’s down, somebody should step up and that didn’t happen tonight.”