ANGELES CITY—Meralco coach Norman Black could only be mesmerized with the way his son Aaron is proving himself in the big league.
The grand-slam winning coach is proud of the contributions of his Aaron for the Bolts when they seized their first victory in the PBA Philippine Cup–a 93-81 thrashing of Alaska on Wednesday at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center here.
The younger Black fired all his eight points–two triples and two free throws–in Meralco’s breakaway bridging the last two quarters. He also registered two rebounds and two assists in 10 minutes of play—all under the watchful eyes of his coach and father.
“He’s a good player. I know he didn’t really get the chance to show it in college last year but he’s a good player.
“He knows how to play. He’s confident. And he’s mature for his age,” said Norman. Having a father-and-son tandem also helps them off the court as they cope with isolation in the bubble.
His production was highlighted with a booming trey at the 9:27 mark of the fourth quarter, which gave the Bolts a commanding 76-58 lead as they bounced back from a 98-116 beating to Phoenix last Sunday.
“Aaron is a rookie. He’s getting experience on the fly. I didn’t play him much in the first half but I gave him a little bit of a longer run in the second half. He was actually part of the team that helped us pull away, hitting a couple of shots and a couple of foul shots,” said Norman.
Aaron, who was picked 18th overall in the PBA draft last year, played an integral role in Ateneo’s three-peat after spending his first season in the Blue Eagles’ second team.
The 6-foot-1 guard then shone in the PBA D-League after foregoing his final year in Ateneo.
“It’s really great to be with Aaron. He’s a good kid and he’s a good son. He listens, which is a good thing. And most of the time he follows,” said Norman, drawing chuckles from a handful of reporters and league staff inside the media room.
Asked if his son is asking him for food, Norman replied: “That’s the problem. He’s always asking me for money, though. I had to remind him that he’s working now.” Aaron gamely admitted that he charged orders to Norman’s room three or four times already.