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Meralco Bolts ready, recharged thanks to Ilocos training camp

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Meralco head coach Norman Black shared Wednesday that the Bolts are recharging quite well in their closed-circuit training camp in Laoag, Ilocos Norte.

Meralco has been in the northern city since May 16 and are staying there until May 30 when they head home to Manila. Afterwards, they are returning to the Meralco Gym in Pasig for practices.

"The team is doing fine. We've been here for 10 days already we've practiced eight days out of those. The facilities and the gym are very nice. The hotel has been very accommodating," shared Black about the Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel.

"We're right on the beach. It's very nice for the players after practice. They have a place to go and relax," he told ESPN5.com in a phone interview.

In Laoag, the Bolts are allowed to roam hotel premises and make use of the gym, provided that they use protective equipment and observe social distancing. Food is also packed and then served to their respective doorsteps.

Black noted that because they share the Laoag Centennial Arena with sister team TNT, they use the venue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For them, that is more than enough time to continue gearing up for the looming season.

"The players are moving very well. Basically, we're putting in the system offensively and defensively. At the same, we're trying to put the team to its best condition they could possibly be in," he said.

As Meralco heads home and keeps working in its own facility, Black expects his wards to be ready for the proposed season-opener of June 25, as floated by commissioner Willie Marcial.

"It gives us another four weeks to train. Actually, my guys are moving pretty well. I think my guys will be ready by June 25," opined Black.