Blackwater shed "loser" tag despite early Philippine Cup exit

Paul Lintag on Feb 03, 2017 11:25 PM
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"For a young team, we made a statement na di kami basta-basta." --- Art Dela Cruz.

Regardless if they made the playoffs or not, the Blackwater Elite had their best PBA conference ever in the 2017 Philippine Cup.

The Ever Bilena franchise won five games in the All-Filipino alone, only two short of their entire total last season.

However, there was no cherry on top of Blackwater's surprise conference after the Elite failed to break through to the quarterfinals, losing to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Friday in a one-game knockout.

It was an opportunity lost.

"Good conference for us but we fell short. Naisip namin na yung finishing touches, wala talaga and I hope this will be a learning for us and someday, may matutunan kami sa conference na ito," forward Art Dela Cruz said, making sense of their failure to advance despite a 4-2 start.

"We thought maganda na yung tinakbo namin pero nagkagulo sa standings at nadamay kami. Hopefully, magtuluy-tuloy na yung confidence na develop namin sa first half ng conference," he added.

While they didn't get to finishg the job in the All-Filipino, Dela Cruz finds solace in the fact that the Elite are finally starting to shed their "loser" tag.

The days of Blackwater being pushovers are no more.

"For a young team, we made a statement na di kami basta-basta. Thankful na rin kami na kahit paano lumaban kami. Sana may natutunan kami," Dela Cruz  said.

"Gusto lang namin i-prove na di kami bara-bara na team na pag nakalaban, hindi na inii-scout ng kalaban na team," he added.

 

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