Blackwater gets huge holiday boost after downing Globalport
Paul Lintag on Dec 21, 2016 09:41 PM
Mac Belo went a perfect 11-of-11 from the stripe to lead the Elite to second place in the Philippine Cup behind defending champion San Miguel.
Blackwater passed a big character test Wednesday.
The Elite used a big second half surge to take down the Globalport Batang Pier, 99-91, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the San Juan Arena.
Blacwater won a second straight game for the second time this season, pushing its record to 4-2 heading into a Christmas day clash against Mahindra.
Up by a hairline at the half, the Elite came alive in the third, outscoring the Batang Pier by nine points to head into the final period leading by double digits.
By the fourth quarter, Blackwater extended its margin up to 13 points before keeping Globalport at bay to finish the game.
With this win, the Elite now occupy solo second behind defending champion San Miguel in the team standings.
"We wanted this victory. We want to give ourselves a chance to experience being no. 2 in the standings and we want to have a good Christmas this year," head coach Leo Isaac said.
"We want to win over Globalport and prepare ourselves for Mahindra on Sunday. It's going to be a busy week for Blackwater considering there are Christmas parties for the company and we still have this task of playing good basketball," he added.
Mac Belo once again led the Blackwater offense, shooting for 20 points after going for a perfect 11-of-11 from the stripe. The prized recruite out of Far Eastern University also grabbed six boards and had two steals.
John Pinto added 15 points for the Elite while Art Dela Cruz and Ronjay Buenafe likewise ended up in double figurues with 13 and 11 points respectively.
Globalport, who came into the game half a game behind the Beermen, dropped to 3-2 for the season. The Batang Pier got 22 point from Terrence Romeo but the reigning two-time scoring champion needed 21 shots to get there.
Stanley Pringle, who was ejected in the third quarter for a flagrant foul, finished with 14 points in limited action.
Blackwater 99 - Belo 20, Pinto 15, Buenafe 11, Dela Cruz 13, Sumang 9, Aguilar 7, Banal 5, Cervantes 5, Forrester 4, Sena 4, Pascual 2, Ababou 2, Miranda 2.
GlobalPort 91 - Romeo 22, Pringle 14, Quinahan 12, Canaleta 11, Cortez 10, Pessumal 10, Pennisi 5, Mamaril 5, Banal 2, Maierhofer 0, Urbiztondo 0, Paredes 0.
Quarterscores: 23-23, 48-47, 77-67, 99-91
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