Of all instances, power shortage strikes on Meralco game

Delfin Dioquino
As if it is a bad omen, the Bolts succumb to their third loss in 5 games moments after the blackout

IRONIC. The Meralco Bolts, ironically, experience a power failure. Photo from PBA Images

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – A lengthy power outage struck the PBA at the Ynares Center here and incidentally, it was during a game involving Meralco – the country’s biggest electric company. 

Players resorted to a shootaround as the lights went out for a good 15 minutes late in Meralco’s clash against NLEX in the 2019 Philippine Cup on Saturday, February 2.

And as if it was a bad omen, the Bolts went on to succumb to the Road Warriors, 83-87, and slumped into their third loss in 5 games this conference. 

But Meralco head coach Norman Black said the blackout barely had a hand in their defeat. 


“Having a brownout is never good. But it doesn’t really benefit or hurt either team in a sense that we have to both deal with it,” he told reporters after the game. 

“Certainly can’t use it as any type of excuse. We had our chances. So many easy shots that we missed.”  

Funny or ironic as it may have looked, Black said he is sure Meralco is not behind the power failure. 

“It’s definitely not funny. We lost. If we had won, it would have definitely been funny. But we lost,” he said with a wry grin. 

“I don’t think Meralco had to do anything with the brownout. Talk to the management here at Ynares Gym.”

Meralco, which carries a 2-3 card, has almost two weeks to prepare before it tangles with Columbian on February 13 at the Mall of Asia Arena. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.