PBA Pass-Through: June 3, 2015
Updates around the association:
Meralco Bolts wing man, Jared Dillinger claimed he is already “feeling good” after registering 27 minutes in Meralco’s 119-85 trashing of Talk ‘N Text Tuesday.
“It’s getting there. We are winning games. It is a process and I am still trying to get my rhythm back, but I am just happy we are winning games. I feel good out there. I am not thinking about my knee. I tested it the last time by going hard to the bucket, and I really don’t think about it,” Dillinger said.
After missing a portion of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs due to a knee injury, Dillinger returned and logged 4 minutes against Barako, and 21 minutes against Blackwater.
On Tuesday he scored 14 points on 7-for-10, and grabbed 8 rebounds after being aggressive in penetrating to the basket.
Dillinger added the injury does not bother him at all, and he is focused on winning and gaining more weight.
“There is no doubt. I feel confident at this point. The only thing I am thinking about is probably getting more weight because I lost a lot of weight.”
Sean Anthony’s big night
Bolts forward, Sean Anthony had a season-high 24 points, and added 12 boards and 6 assists in the same night where his team annihilated the Tropang Texters. He later on admitted he was surprised the winning margin (which was a Meralco franchise record) reached such number.
“I was very surprised, I actually didn’t even notice until the game was done when I looked up (the scoreboard). It was just us zoned in to keep playing. I was not really doing the the math. When I looked up, hey is that really the score? So I guess we played well on both ends,” he said.
The Bolts held the Tropang Texters down to an offensive rating of 100, which was below their conference average of 107.6. Meralco also forced 16 turnovers, which led to 24 turnover points, and out-assisted Talk ‘N Text 21-11, as the team built a fortress that was difficult to overcome.
“Coach Norman (Black) always prides himself in the defensive system. He said we rank second in defensive stats and we came out, tried to put that stamp that we are a defensive team, and I think we held them to 4 points for a while in the first quarter. That is credit to the whole team moving, rotating, closing out on shooters, and rebounding.”