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Meralco to deal with Ginebra’s ‘homecourt’ advantage as Game 2 heads to Lucena

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Ginebra and Meralco have to deal with the difficulties of a road trip as they play Game 2 of their PBA Governor’s Cup Finals series at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena on Friday.

But Meralco coach Norman Black admitted that they have also to deal with the Gin Kings “homecourt advantage” in out of town games.

“There’s always an advantage for Ginebra whenever they go anywhere in the country; normally fans will follow them. Our advantage of playing at Araneta, is the fact we can probably get 4,000 or 5,000 fans in the gym; they will have the other 12,000, 15,000,” said Black.

“When we go to the province, that’s a little bit more difficult for us; it’s hard to bring our fans from Metro Manila to the provinces, so we’ll see. Anyway, we have to win this game, it’s a must win for us; it really won’t matter where we play,” he added.

The Gin Kings, who won the opener, 91-87, and the Bolts, eyeing a 1-1 tie, travelled to Lucena Thursday morning, hoping to squeeze in as much practice or preparation time before taking the floor at 7 p.m. Friday night.

The two sides had a three-day turnaround from Game 1 at the Big Dome to Game 2 in Quezon Province, getting an extra day from the rescheduling of the opener from its original date of Jan. 8 to Jan. 7.

After the Lucena sortie, Ginebra and Meralco will have two days to get ready for Game 3, which is slated back at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.