With quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila yet to ease up, Meralco returns to Ilocos Norte in preparation for the 46th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Bolts coach Norman Black yesterday said they will open another 10-day training camp in Laoag City starting Friday as part of their final preparation for the league that is penciled to open later this month.
“We’ll be headed to Ilocos Norte for 10 days. We will leave on Friday,” Black said.
Since the national government’s approval for the restart of actual team practices and scrimmages inside general community quarantine areas last month, the Bolts immediately rolled out their two-week training in Laoag starting 17 May.
Right now, Black and his wards are currently training in Batangas City, before they travel up north and join sister team TNT Tropang Giga in Ilocos Norte.
Black said that they are still waiting for the arrival of prized rookie Alvin Pasaol, who is still undergoing quarantine after his Gilas 3×3 stint in Austria over a week ago.
“Hopefully, we can have him when this next stretch comes up. When he comes back, we’ll be complete already,” Black said.
“I thought that we really moved well in our two weeks in Laoag. We just have to rebuild on that when we start practicing again.”
Black said that they are ready to go full blast once Pasaol joins the camp, and train with recently-acquired forward Mac Belo and mainstays Chris Newsome and big man Raymond Almazan.
“But offensively and defensively we are really moving well. Everybody is healthy right now, and I hope that they all remain that way, during the pre-season all the way to the regular season,” Black added.