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Meralco takes on Blackwater in quick PBA comeback

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Games on Friday

(Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City)

4:30 p.m.-Blackwater vs. Meralco

7:00 p.m.-Ginebra vs. NLEX

Just three days off its stint in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Meralco makes a quick return to the PBA Governors’ Cup.

The Bolts will take on the Blackwater Elite at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Meralco, runner-up in the past two editions, had a poor start to its campaign in the league’s season-ending tournament, only winning once in its first four assignments prior to its trip to Thailand.

The team, which will enjoy the presence of Cliff Hodge and Chris Newsome again after the two were barred from playing in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup due to eligibility concerns, looks to use the lessons it learned from playing against Asian club basketball powerhouses like Al-Riyadi, Seoul SK, and eventual tournament champ Petrochimi when it takes on a surprisingly hot Blackwater squad.

The Elite, however, saw their 4-0 start snapped in a bad manner after falling to the NLEX Road Warriors in their last game.

But Blackwater can take advantage of a weary Meralco squad that played five games in six days with only two days off.

The Elite can force a three-way tie with Barangay Ginebra and the Magnolia Hotshots in first place at 5-1, but the Barangay will surely break out of the logjam as they face the Road Warriors in the main game at 7 p.m.

Ginebra actually has a chance to go back in solo first place with a win, but a loss will find the squad in another three-way deadlock, this time with NLEX and Phoenix at 5-2, good for joint fourth. (PNA)