Walker makes PBA return to power Blackwater to its first win

Paul Lintag on Aug 06, 2017 07:17 PM
Walker makes PBA return to power Blackwater to its first win
Blackwater nailed its first win after four games, improving to 1-3 while the Fuel Masters absorbed a third straight defeat for a 2-3 mark.

Featuring an elite scorer for a new import, Blackwater finally scored a breakthrough in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup.

The Elite rode the exploits of Henry Walker and top local Mike DiGregorio Sunday at the Big Dome, taking down the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 92-86, in the season-ending tournament.

Blackwater nailed its first win after four games, improving to 1-3 while the Fuel Masters absorbed a third straight defeat for a 2-3 mark.

"Finally we were able to get a win, and special thanks to our import, Mr. Henry Walker, who gave the inspiration for everybody," head coach Leo Isaac said post game.

"He challenged his teammates to be at the top of the situation when he's not at 100 percent. But he was able to produce in the closing minutes," he added.

Dealing with cramps, Walker, who played for NLEX last season, managed to score a putback off his own miss to give the Elite an 88-84 lead with 38 seconds to go.

Then, with eight seconds remaining and Blackwater holding on to a two-point lead, Walker would calmly make two free throws to ice the game in favor of the Elilte.

Walker's PBA return netted him 32 points in 42 minutes. He also grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out five assits. Backing him up was Mike DiGregorio who exploded for 28 points in almost 40 minutes of play.

Five players scored in double figures for the Fuel Masters but it wasn't enough to stop the team's current slide.

After dropping 53 points on the Elite the last time he met them, Eugene Phelps played his worst PBA game yet, going for only 13 points on top of 17 rebounds. RJ Jazul also scored 13 for Phoenix while Mark Borboran added 12, all from deep in the fourth period.

 

The scores:

BLACKWATER 92 - Walker 32, Digregorio 28, Gamalinda 9, Canaleta 5, Aguilar 5, Erram 4, Cruz 3, Miranda 3, Sumang 3, Belo 0, Banal 0, Cervantes 0, Sena 0, Pascual 0.

PHOENIX 86 - Phelps 13, Jazul 13, Borboran 12, W. Wilson 11, Alolino 10, Baguio 8, Intal 8, Eriobu 7, Dehesa 2, Kramer 2, Lanete 0, J. Wilson 0. 

Quarters: 23-32, 51-47, 66-66, 92-86.

 

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