Inspired Blackwater back on the winning track
Paul Lintag on Sep 01, 2017 06:33 PM
Henry Walker and the Elite led by as many as 49 points against Kia.
Antipolo City --- Blackwater responded from its embarassing loss to TNT by embarassing winless Kia.
The Elite landed a haymaker right in the opening quarter, cruising to a dominant 118-97 win over the Picanto Friday at the Ynares Center for the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup.
Blackwater scored a franchise-best 40 points in the first quarter, opening up and early 19-point lead and never looked back. The Elite unloaded a 17-0 run in the second for a 67-25 lead before entering the break with a 39-point advantage.
Come the second half, Blackwater's lead ballooned to 49 points, 86-37, and cruised the rest of the way. The Elite have now won four and their last five games for an even 4-4 mark.
"To start with, we noticed that we lacked energy in that game against TNT. So the word 'energy' was written on the white board and it was the word that we needed for this game," head coach Leo Isaac said.
"True enough, we had lots of energy playing good basketball, both offensively and defensively. We dictated tempo for the first three quarters until midway through the fourth, that's when we got our starting unit out and gave them some rest," he added.
Five players scored in double figures for Blackwater led by "Mr. Inspiration" Henry Walker who pumped 25 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists.
JR Erram finished with a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double while Mike Digregorio likewise scored 16 points for the Elite in a starting role.
Things contiued to go south for Kia as the Picanto have now lost eight straight for a woeful 0-8 record.
New import Geron Johnson scored 28 points in his debut but he struggled from the field, shooting only 12-of-26. Philip Paniamogan added 17 for Kia but most of it came during garbage time.
BLACKWATER 118 - Walker 25, DiGregorio 16, Erram 16, Canaleta 13, Banal 12, Sumang 9, Pinto 8, Gamalinda 7, Belo 6, Pascual 4, Sena 2, Cruz 0, Miranda 0.
KIA 97 - Johnson 28, Paniamogan 17, Yee 14, Corpuz 11, Khobuntin 8, Elorde 5, Celda 4, Salva 4, Deutchman 3, Revilla 2, Camson 1, Caperal 0, Jaime 0, Nimes 0, Ballesteros 0.
Quarterscores: 40-21, 70-31, 96-62, 118-97.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8