After another playoff defeat, Meralco Bolts open to more lineup changes

AKTV/Paolo Papa

AKTV/Paolo Papa

After losing yet another quarterfinals series in the Commissioner’s Cup, Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio is still not done tinkering with the team’s lineup.

“I need a solid a post player, a go-to-guy,” Gregorio told InterAKTV. “We would also consider tapping a dependable backup point guard.”

Gregorio’s statement comes on the heels of a conference that saw the Bolts undergo even more changes. The team traded away top scorer and assist man Sol Mercado to the GlobalPort Batang Pier along with rookies Kelly Nabong and JP Belencion in exchange for Rey Guevarra, Vic Manuel, and Josh Vanlandingham.

“We will continue improving our lineup. Our improvement doesn’t stop here,” said Gregorio.

Meanwhile, the Bolts are keen on tapping an old hand for the season-ending Governors’ Cup, which is set in August. Mario West, who suited up for Meralco last season, is on top of Gregorio’s wish list.

But with the change in the schedule of the tournament to give way to the FIBA Asia Championship, Gregorio said he will still have to check on West’s availability.

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