Thursday, March 1, 2012

Powerade stakes unbeaten slate vs Barako; Meralco faces Alaska

source: InterAKTV

Meralco tries to get back on the winning track as it collides with Alaska in the Friday’s opening game of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

The Bolts have only a win to show in four games and coach Ryan Gregorio knows they can’t afford to lose more games to stay in contention.

“Find ways to win, that is our goal. It is important that our attitude is positive and believe it can be done,” said Gregorio as Meralco battles the Aces at 5:15 p.m.

“The changes in our roster were done to strengthen our rotation, ufortunately, when you make changes, it usually takes time to stabilize,” he added. “However with the format, you don’t really have the luxury of time.”

The Bolts have changed their import twice and Earl Barron debuted for them against Powerde but they fell to the highly-motivated Tigers, 82-94.

Sol Mercado also returned in that match but was held to just three points on 1-of-4 shooting.

“I believe that when Earl Barron gets his timing and Sol gets his game back, we will be competitive. Right now, we are pretty much in a feeling out each other stage again. But steps were undertaken the past week to find right ingredient to increase our chances of winning,” said Gregorio.

Alaska is holding a 2-2 win-loss slate and is also coming off a tough 110-98 loss against league-leader Talk ‘N Text.

In the main game, Powerade eyes a share of the lead with a win against Barako Bull as they square off at 7:30 p.m.

The Tigers are on a sizzling 2-0 start and they did this despite issues surrounding the sale of its franchise and the aborted Marcio Lassiter trade to Petron Blaze.

“As of now, the only justification we have for our team’s existence is to keep on wining. We intend to do just that no matter what,” said coach Bo Perasol.

The Energy are parading a new import in Rodney White, who replaced the injured DerMarr Johnson. Barako Bull is on a three-game losing skid.