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Meralco pulls off Game 1 shocker vs San Miguel

Meralco knows from heartbreaking past experiences that winning Game 1 of a PBA championship series is no guarantee of a beautiful ending.

And for the Bolts to produce three more wins after defeating the San Miguel Beermen, 93-86, in the first game of the Philippine Cup Finals on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, they will need everyone to be like their favorite opponent .

This is so everyone can deliver when their number is called.

“We are not going to beat San Miguel with two or three guys,” said coach Luigi Trillo. “This San Miguel has so many weapons that we need everyone on board.”

They are three wins away from accomplishing their ultimate mission of bringing a PBA championship to the Meralco complex in Ortigas, but the Bolts have failed to achieve that goal before, twice.

Meralco reached the finals of the 2016 and 2022 Governors Cup, eventually losing to Barangay Ginebra in six games each.

“Winning the first game always helps a lot,” Chris Newsome said. “But we are by no means happy or satisfied. It is only a game”.

Newsome along with Chris Banchero, one of the main figures in the decisive Game 7 semifinal win over Barangay Ginebra five days ago in San Jose, Batangas, scored 18 points each, with plenty of help along the way.

defensive position

The offense played complementary to the defensive posture the Bolts adopted in the fourth quarter, ultimately pulling away with multiple stops that led to fast break opportunities.

Offensive rebounds also led to second chances that also hastened the downfall of the Beermen, who played for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Cliff Hodge, Allein Maliksi, Raymond Almazan, Brandon Bates, Anjo Caram, Bong Quinto and even Norbert Torres and Kyle Pascual also came through on both ends, some of which were not reflected in the print or short copies of the official stat sheet of the game. .

But whether it’s rust or they simply need more time to eventually find a way to make up for their shortcomings, the Beermen are expected to bounce back.

The second match will be played on Friday in the same stadium as Trillo. Active advisor Nenad Vucinic and the rest of the coaching staff plan their move as they attempt to beat the Beermen by two.

“This team is a championship team, they are a dynasty and they are capable of doing incredible things, so you know you can never count this team out,” Newsome said.

Meanwhile, the PBA is taking more into consideration than just how it will celebrate its 50th anniversary. It will implement significant changes that will impact how the league will be run starting next season, which begins in August.

“We’re looking for a new look,” league commissioner Willie Marcial said at a news conference held before Wednesday’s Game 1.

Reformatted conference

One change, Marcial revealed, will be the Governors’ Cup that will open the season, and the tournament will see the 12-member participants divided into two groups with a double-round schedule followed by crossover playoffs.


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Meanwhile, the midseason Commissioner’s Cup will allow teams to take advantage of imports with unlimited height, unlike the aforementioned Governor’s Cup, which will have a maximum limit of 6 feet 6 inches.

And Marcial said the league is in talks with an undisclosed foreign team for possible participation in the second conference. If the guest team agrees to see action here, each PBA club could eventually get two imports to bolster their respective campaigns.

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