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With Ranidel De Ocampo in fold, Bolts chase share of lead

MANILA, Philippines — Meralco starts its journey with trade acquisition Ranidel de Ocampo Friday night, going for a share of the lead with idle Barangay Ginebra as the Bolts tangle with the back-to-the-wall Alaska Milk squad in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Bolts, now a more potent squad with the addition of the league’s leading big shooting forward, also press their bid for a Top Four finish in their 4:15 p.m. encounter versus the Aces who, on the other hand, fight for survival.

Ranidel De Ocampo shoots over Cliff Hodge, now his teammate with the Meralco Bolts. | PBA Images
One of the best power forwards the league has seen in the post-Alvin Patrimonio era, De Ocampo is tipped to provide the Bolts extra boost in chase of top seeding in the post-elims play.

At 6-2, Meralco is right behind Ginebra at 7-2 and NLEX at 7-3. Alaska, meanwhile, is barely alive at 3-6.

“This is a tough situation for us. We have what is a must-win against one of the very best teams in our league,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.

“Meralco has a dominant import in Durham and coach Norman Black has really got them playing disciplined basketball. I don’t think there’s any question that this matchup will require our best game of the conference,” Compton also said.

Author: Nelson Beltran, Philippine Star
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/09/14/1739106/ranidel-de-ocampo-fold-bolts-chase-share-lead

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