Key players and coaching staff to miss Meralco’s Saturday game against Blackwater – Manila bulletin

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Meralco coach Norman Black expects Chris Newsome, Cliff Hodge and other team members to miss the game against Blackwater on Saturday, September 18 due to PBA health and safety protocols .

Black said Newsome, Hodge, big third string man Toto Jose, team manager Paolo Trillo and several members of his coaching staff, including Ronnie Magsanoc and Charles Tiu, could be cleared in time for the next one. Bolts’ series of games next week.

Their absence left Meralco with just 12 players in uniform and Black was only joined by assistants Patrick Fran and Geno Afable on the sidelines in his 95-83 victory over Terrafirma on Thursday, September 16 at State University. Don Honorio Ventura de Bacolor, Pampanga.

“I’m pretty sure they won’t be back in our next game because this game is on Saturday,” Black said. “But I’m counting on them to be back the next time we play after that, which I’m not really sure about the timing.

“But every time we play next week, they should be back already,” added Black.

The Bolts could be reduced to 11 men against the Bossing after playmaker Aaron Black injured his right hand two minutes into the game.

Despite Black’s absence, Anjo Caram stepped in to help Meralco win their first game as the entire squad was placed under COVID-19 guidelines while remaining in second place in the Philippine Cup with a 6 record. -2.

“He didn’t break it. I don’t know how bad it is yet, ”Black said of his son’s injury. “But at least it’s not a broken bone and I hope it heals as quickly as possible.”

“I’m really happy that Anjo comes in and plays well for us, and is the best player. And even other guards like Trevis Jackson and Nards Pinto did a good job at the point guard. It’s nice to have the next player playing well, ”added Black.


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