After the Meralco Bolts tied their franchise-best start at 5-0 following their big 96-88 win over Stanley Pringle-less GlobalPort Batang Pier, coach Norman Black quickly downplayed it.
History isn’t lost on Black as his Bolts were in the same situation exactly at this point last season.
“Last year, we’re in the same situation. We were 5-0 before facing San Miguel Beer,” Black told reporters after the game.
The Bolts went on to lose to the Beermen, 102-86, and their import Josh Davis to injury.
“In that game, we lost Josh (Davis) after he landed on his back while going for a block against June Mar (Fajardo). After that, we were never the same again,” Black said.
The Bolts won only once in their next five games after Davis’ injury to end up at 6-5 good for fifth spot.
They swept sister team NLEX in the quarterfinals to enter the semifinals for the first time in franchise history. But the celebration quickly died down after they got swept in the semis against Rain or Shine.
“It was the first time we made it to the semifinals. Hopefully, we’ll accomplished that again and take it from there,” Black said.
The Bolts will face the Beermen on Saturday in Legazpi City. He’s hoping history won’t repeat itself.