Meralco’s inability to break down Alaska’s pressure defense greatly affected the Bolts’ offensive execution, resulting to the Aces’ easy 87-69 victory over the Bolts on Sunday.
It was the second lopsided win by the Aces over the Bolts. In two games this conference, Alaska defeated Meralco by an average of 29.5 points. The first time these two teams met, the Aces walloped them by 41 points.
For head coach Norman Black, Alaska’s pressure defense took its toll on the Bolts’ guards. “Our guards are now known more as scorers not ball handlers,” Black told media after the game. “It would have helped us more if Simon Atkins was there, it would have given us an added ball handler.”
“We had a hard time with the pressure again. We couldn’t get the ball to the court. My team is not really made to handle pressure. We just didn’t do a good job breaking their pressure.” According to Black, he wants to address the issue of getting a “real ball handler” right away, but with the Rookie Draft still far from next season, he intends to develop the players that he has.
“Where do I get them from?,” asked Black, referring to the natural ball handlers whom the team might be needing at this time. “I think I have to develop the guys that I have right now.”
By having difficulty in breaking the press, the Bolts had a tough time locating their shooters.
Gary David struggled for only eight points while Jared Dillinger finished with only two as the ball just couldn’t go their way.