|June 5, 2017||4:15 pm||PBA|
|Smart Araneta Coliseum|
EVEN before the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals pairings became official, Meralco coach Norman Black already had an inkling his team would be going up against TNT KaTropa.
“We probably would face TNT, I would imagine, more likely, so we just have to sit down and figure out what they’ll do offensively and defensively,” said Black after his team wound up the eliminations last May 28.
“We just have to prepare for them, because it’s them who we’re expecting to play.”
Four days later, Black’s expectations came true.
The results of the Bolts’ three days of actual preparations would be known starting Monday when they square off with the KaTropa in a best-of-three duel at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
By virtue of having won three of its last four eliniation round games, including the last two, TNT finished with an 8-3 slate and grabbed the No. 4 ranking.
For its part, Meralco lost its last three and settled for a 7-4 card for fifth, but those facts have long been shrugged off by Black.
“The good thing about the playoffs is everything is back to zero and what’s important is how well you play now,” stressed Black on the eve of the match.