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Meralco Bolts aims for 2-0 lead.
The Meralco Bolts are looking to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinals series against the TNT Tropang Giga in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup.
After a hard-fought 95-91 victory in Game 1, the Bolts are hoping to build on their momentum and continue their impressive run in the playoffs. Led by veteran guard Chris Newsome and import Allen Durham, Meralco has been one of the most consistent teams in the league this season, finishing with a 7-4 record in the elimination round.
However, they will face a tough challenge in TNT, who finished with a 9-2 record and are considered one of the favorites to win the championship. The Tropang Giga boast a talented roster led by Jayson Castro, Ray Parks Jr., and Poy Erram, and will be looking to bounce back from their Game 1 loss.
Despite the challenge, Meralco remains confident in their ability to compete at the highest level. “We know that TNT is a very good team, but we believe in ourselves and our game plan,” said Newsome. “We just have to stay focused and execute our plays.”
One key factor for the Bolts will be their defense, which was instrumental in their Game 1 victory. Meralco held TNT to just 38% shooting from the field and forced 18 turnovers, which they converted into 22 points. If they can replicate that defensive intensity in Game 2, they will have a good chance of taking a 2-0 lead in the series.
Another key for Meralco will be the performance of Durham, who has been a dominant force in the playoffs. The two-time Best Import awardee had 32 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists in Game 1, and will be looking to continue his impressive form in Game 2.
For TNT, the key will be to limit their turnovers and improve their shooting efficiency. The Tropang Giga had 18 turnovers in Game 1, which proved costly in the end. They will also need to find a way to contain Durham, who has been a thorn in their side throughout the season.
Game 2 promises to be another exciting matchup between two of the best teams in the league. Meralco will be looking to take a 2-0 lead and move one step closer to the finals, while TNT will be looking to even the series and regain their momentum. It’s sure to be a thrilling game that fans won’t want to miss.