Smith takes charge as Blackwater gets first win
Paul Lintag on Apr 08, 2017 05:16 PM
Blackwater relied on the shoulders of Smith and the towering former Houston Rocket went for 40 points and 19 rebounds, giving the Elite a 1-4 record and a trip out of last place.
Behind a monster effort from import Greg Smith, Blackwater is finally on the board in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
The Elite snapped a four-game losing skid in the mid-season conference, beating Globalport Batang Pier in a high-scoring affair, 118-113, Saturday at the MOA Arena.
Still playing without its top two locals in Mac Belo and Art Dela Cruz, Blackwater relied on the shoulders of Smith and the towering former Houston Rocket went for 40 points and 19 rebounds, giving the Elite a 1-4 record and a trip out of last place.
"After four heartbreaking losses, finally we were able to hold our own and break into the win column," head coach Leo Isaac said.
"This time, we played a lot smarter going into the crucial minutes of the game," he added.
Down by seven after three quarters, Blackwater picked up the pace in the fourth, outscoring the Batang Pier by 12 points and weathering a final storm from Globalport.
The Elite actually had to recover after they lost an early 13-point lead as Terrence Romeo caught fire from deep to lead the charge for the Batang Pier.
Aside from Smith, who dropped 15 points in the final period, Blackwater drew inspired games from Michael Digregorio and Reil Cervantes who scored 18 and 14 points respectively.
Romeo led the now 0-4 Globalport with 35 points, 27 coming from beyond the arc as he recorded a new career-high of nine made three-pointers.
New import Malcolm White, who replaced the ineffective Sean Williams, made his PBA debut with 33 points and 13 rebounds.
BLACKWATER 118 - Smith 40, Digregorio 18, Cervantes 14, Sena 10, Pinto 9, Buenafe 9, Canaleta 7, Sumang 5, Gamalinda 3, Aguilar 2, Cruz 1, Pascual 0.
GLOBALPORT 113 - Romeo 35, White 33, Pringle 13, Cortez 13, Quinahan 7, Pennisi 5, Pessumal 3, Ababou 2, Aban 2, Forrester 0, Mamaril 0.
Quarterscores: 31-26, 57-57, 88-95, 118-113
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