Blackwater wins over Rain or Shine

first_img[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-desktop-hide=” av-medium-hide=” av-small-hide=” av-mini-hide=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=”][/av_textblock][av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Blackwater wins over Rain or Shine ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]MANILA – Rey Mark Belo came up with clutch hits in the fourth quarter as Blackwater Elite scored a 92-87 win over Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the 2017-2018 PBA Philippine Cup last night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.Trailing 70-75 early in the fourth quarter, the Elite turned to Belo to tie the count at 79-all before regaining the advantage for his squad at 87-82 on his back-to-back inside conversions.The Painters had its last push at 85-87 on a three-point play by Belga but Belo countered with a three-pointer to increase the lead to 90-85 before his teammate Michael Digregorio sealed the win for the Elite with free throws.Belo led the way with 25 points, including five three-point baskets. Digregorio added 23 markers while Negrense Raymar Jose and Allein Maliksi combined for 22 for the Elite.Blackwater improved to 1-1 win-loss slate.The victory is also huge for the Elite franchise as it is its first in 12 tries against the Painters since entering the league three years ago. It was also the team’s first win in the Pasay venue after losing its first 10.It was a game of runs for both teams early on with the Elite leading by as much as 10 points in the first quarter on hot shooting by Digregorio, but the Painters turned things around in the second and also had a 10 point lead.Both teams had its taste of the lead in the third quarter with the Elite taking a 60-54 lead on hits by Maliksi and Belo. But the Painters countered with its rally behind Dexter Maiquez, Gabe Norwood and Mark Borboran for a 75-70 lead early in the fourth.Chris Tiu finished with 14 points while Norwood and Eduardo Daquioag added 13 points each for the 1-1 Painters, which played without stars Maverick Ahanmisi, Jericho Cruz, Anthony Washington, and Jireh Ibanes.BOX SCORE:BLACKWATER 92 — Belo 25, Digregorio 23, Jose 12, Maliksi 10, Erram 8, Pinto 7, Sumang 5, Sena 2, Marcelo 0.RAIN OR SHINE 87 — Tiu 14, Norwood 13, Daquioag 13, Almazan 10, Maiquez 8, Belga 7, Borboran 6, Yap 5, Trollano 4, King 3, Ponferrada 2, Nambatac 2.Quarterscores: 25-28, 47-44, 65-64, 92-87.[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img

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