Kings try to push Bolts on the brink

January 14, 2020
For the fourth time, the Gin Kings and the Bolts battle it out at the Araneta Coliseum with the former seeking a 3-1 lead.

WOULD there be another ‘eruption’ inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum today?

That sort of occurrence looks all the more likely with Barangay Ginebra and Meralco colliding in a game so crucial that both of them are expected to give their all knowing what  is at stake.

The Gin Kings are looking to sink the Bolts in a hole where no team normally gets out of.

The Bolts thus are trying to avoid falling into that pit and stay in contention for their first ever title in the PBA.

There’s no doubt that both of them would want to do some eruptions, similar to the restive Taal Volcano in Batangas.

“We expect Game 4 to be another huge battle,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.

“I said it before, these are the games we’re gonna have – ping-pong, back and forth – and nothing’s gonna come easy. We learned that in Game 2. Nothing’s easy.”

Leaning on a third quarter assault, the Gin Kings demolished the Bolts in Game 3 last Sunday, 92-84, for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

A Ginebra win in the 7 p.m. tussle will give the Gin Kings a commanding 3-1 lead which is not insurmountable but is already too hard to overcome.

“We are in a must-win situation again so we will be there fighting,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.

The situation though is not new for the Bolts, who were able to bounce back from a Game 1 loss and level the series in Lucena City last Friday.

Last Sunday, however, the Bolts failed to sustain the momentum. They were only in the game in the first half, and folded up in the third quarter as the Gin Kings decked them with furious offensive that resulted in the league’s most popular ballclub posting a 78-58 lead at the end of the third.

“We must improve our defense to give ourselves a chance,” added Black.

The trouble with the Bolts is that they may play today without Raymond Almazan who has injured his left knee last time around.

“(Raymond) Almazan has a torn meniscal tear in his left knee. He is a game time decision as far as if he will  play in  Game 4,” said Black.

“He will warm up before the game and let me know,” added Black.