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With Miller good as marketed, Bolts have cause to smile

Meralco Bolts’ Shonn Miller in his PBA debut. –PBA IMAGES

Meralco dismantled Magnolia on the street on Saturday evening for a key Philippine Basketball Affiliation (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup victory that, in accordance with coach Luigi Trillo, gave the Bolts one thing greater than a win mirrored within the standings.

Other than a win that pushed the Bolts to 7-2 and saved the membership within the hunt for the much-coveted playoff safety, Trillo was thrilled to see a full-strength Bolts roster and their new import impress with a pair of video games to go.

“Guys are again, Shonn Miller, and we nonetheless have video games coming in,” the Meralco coach instructed the Inquirer on Sunday afternoon, recent off a return flight from Iloilo Metropolis the place the Bolts stifled Magnolia, 85-80, at a packed College of San Agustin Gymnasium.

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Miller, who changed high-scoring guard Zach Lofton, delivered 33 factors and 22 rebounds whereas preserving the fourth-quarter heroics of hometown hero Anjo Caram, whose presence accomplished the Bolts for the primary time this season-opening convention.

“We took Magnolia out of its strengths,” Trillo mentioned. “However actually, the revelation was the impression Shonn had,” Trillo mentioned.

“Out of city, in a sizzling gymnasium, and enjoying in opposition to the most effective defensive workforce? The No. 1 rebounding workforce? It was good to see Shonn are available and play in that win.”

Doing a fast math throughout the chat, Trillo mentioned the one method Meralco can tab a twice-to-beat bonus is for his prices to brush harmful Phoenix Tremendous LPG and determined Terrafirma.

One error would put Meralco in a dangerous spot as San Miguel and defending champion Barangay Ginebra each maintain superior quotients over them. A win by the 2 powerhouses would trigger nice issues for the Bolts.

Amid the opposite grim situations, Trillo is taking every day in stride.

“These [next] video games may even get guys again into the groove of issues with playoff basketball upon us now,” he mentioned. INQ

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