Against a hungry but depleted Blackwater Elite, long-time playmaker Jimmy Alapag was just thankful Meralco was quick to refocus and forget about the Bolts’ double-overtime loss to GlobalPort on Sunday.
The Bolts showed no signs of fatigue on Wednesday as they handed the Elite a 105-90 beating.
“The great thing about losing that game (against GlobalPort) was that we had a quick turnaround. I thought our effort was better tonight and we were sharper with our execution,” said Alapag, shortly after Meralco chalked up its 4th win in 7 starts.
With the Elite managing to stay close in the first half even without injured import Eric Dawson, Alapag reminded his teammates not to take the Elite for granted.
“Anytime a team plays without an import, it’s an advantage. But you don’t want to take anybody lightly,” said the Bolts’ team captain.
The retired Gilas playmaker was actually impressed with how rookie Art Dela Cruz stepped up in the absence of Dawson, along with injured locals JP Erram and Mike Cortez.
“Art dela Cruz comes out and plays a great game and it’s dangerous because then they’re coming out there with no pressure,” said Alapag, referring to Dela Cruz’s 23-point performance.
But with the Blackwater lacking enough firepower, the Bolts pulled away in the game in second half, handing the Elite their 4th straight loss, dropping to 1-5 overall. – Jason Mercene
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