Despite losing streaks, Norman Black still hopeful


The Meralco Bolts need to play carefully after continues losing skids, however coach Norman Black doesn’t look worried at present in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.

“Not now. It’s too late in the season, plus the players I have, I have young guys that we’ll continue to develop,” he said.

After starting 2-1 in the conference, the Bolts performed poorly in their last three games. They wasted leads against Alaska and Phoenix and then meticulously defeated by defending champion San Miguel on 28th December.

Black is willing to work hard in honing his young rooster, because the journey was troublesome as Bolts suffered their 4th defeat against GlobalPort 89-97 on Friday.

Bolts falling behind by 16 points in the first two quarters, the down was almost unmanageable to fill the game, though the veteran mentor lauded his team for the better showing it had in the second half.

“It’s kind of hard to come back from a deficit like last game, but at the same time, I thought we played much better in the second half,” he said.

In the 3rd quarter, Rookie Jonathan Grey played hottest, exploding 10 of his 18 points to get Meralco back in the game, but that wasn’t sufficient to fightback and the team dropped at the bottom 4 of the standings with a 2-5 card.

Black, said the team had no choice but to stay on course and continue working hard until they turn things around.

There’s no panic button to push, you just keep working hard until you start winning. That’s basically it,” he said