Bolts bolster roster for Finals rematch

first_imgPBA IMAGESThe Meralco Bolts were certainly miffed the way their season ended last year.So they spent the long road to a rematch against defending champions Barangay Ginebra Kings, putting vital new pieces in place that they hope will turn their fortunes around when the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals tip off on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT “What we tried to do this year knowing that AD (Allen Durham) was coming back and we have a chance at winning this conference, we tried to bring in floor spacers,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.Meralco’s latest addition was veteran power forward Ranidel De Ocampo, acquired from TNT KaTropa to give the Bolts a stretch big who could free up space for Durham underneath.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBefore that, Meralco added young shooters like rookie Baser Amer, Mike Tolomia and Garvo Lanete.“That’s something we didn’t have last year. These guys give AD more space in the floor to maneuver. Reynel Hugnatan was our best floor spacer back then,” said Black, bidding to clinch his 10th PBA crown. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The winningest coach in the league with 19 titles said import Justin Brownlee, playmaker LA Tenorio and do-it-all guard Scottie Thomson will get more space to make plays with Slaughter around.“That’s the problem Slaughter poses for other teams,” said Cone.BPC updateMeanwhile, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo topped the race for Best Player of the Conference with 38.455 statistical points after leading the Governors’ Cup in rebounds (11.64 per game) and blocks (2.27 per game).Trailing Fajardo, the league’s reigning MVP for three consecutive seasons, are Jayson Castro of TNT (33.56 SPs) and Slaughter (32.65 SPs).In the contest for Best Import, Durham seemed headed to replicating his award last year with 58.875 SPs, followed by Brandon Brown of Phoenix (54.500 SPs) and Blackwater’s Henry Walker (54.100 SPs). Archers, Tams go at it anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments “Our biggest improvement now is we can shoot the three, which was not there last year,” said Black.The Bolts lost last year’s best-of-seven confrontation in six games even though they took the series opener, something that the defending champion Gin Kings want to reverse this time.“You can dictate the series if you win Game 1. There’s comfortability of being ahead in the series because there’s always a sense of panic in being behind,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone during Tuesday’s PBA Finals presser.Cone feels he has his own game-changer in Greg Slaughter, who will be a new force for the Kings since he was out due to injury in last year’s Finals conquest of the Bolts.“He changes the way teams approach us. They have to find matchups for him,” said Cone.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img