THE Meralco Bolts are making their presence felt right from the get-go of the PBA Philippine Cup.

In its first two games of the season, Meralco walloped Phoenix, 109-98, and Converge, 90-74.

Today, the Bolts face another acid test against the defending champions TNT Tropang Giga in the main game of the scheduled double header at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

Meralco guard Aaron Black who had an impressive showing in the last Governors' Cup Finals, picked up from where he left off as he matched his career-high 25 points, which he posted in Game 5 of the recent title series. This time, though, he was able to give his team the win.

His vast improvement will be tested against the Tropang Giga.

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Although the Tropang Giga had won only once in three games, Bolts coach Norman Black believes their current standing doesn't reflect on how great the team is.

"TNT is another big defensive team. They're really focusing on their defense. Nothing has changed as far as how they're being coached. We have to defend those guys. They have a lot of good players. They're 1-2 right now, but that doesn't really reflect how good their lineup is," said Black.

The Tropang Giga absorbed a heartbreaking 90-89 loss at the hands of the NLEX Road Warriors on Thursday and head coach Chot Reyes is hoping his team has learned valuable lessons, which they can carry over ahead of their game against the Bolts.

In the other game, NorthPort takes on Blackwater at 5:15 p.m.

Both teams are trying to get back on the winning track as the Batang Pier lost to the Magnolia Timplados Hotshots, 80-77, while the Bossing dropped an 85-82 decision to the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.

Although they're coming with similar hard-fought losses, both teams are pretty much satisfied about the team's progress this early in the tournament.

Games Today (Ynares Center, Antipolo)

5:15 p.m. NorthPort vs Blackwater

7:15 p.m. Meralco vs TNT