Belo leads Blackwater to first-ever win over ROS
Paul Lintag on Dec 29, 2017 06:20 PM
Belo gifted Blackwater its first win over Rain or Shine in team history. The Ever Bilena franchise lost its first 11 games against the Elasto Painters since entering the league for the 2015 season.
After dealing with nagging injuries, Mac Belo has re-introduced himself to the PBA.
The true top pick of the 2016 Draft led Blackwater over Rain or Shine, 92-87, Friday in the 2018 Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.
Belo fired 25 points and the Elite got their first win this season for an even 1-1 record.
Belo also gifted Blackwater its first win over Rain or Shine in team history. The Ever Bilena franchise lost its first 11 games against the Elasto Painters since entering the league for the 2015 season. It was also the team's first win at the Cuneta Astrodome in 11 tries.
Holding on to a two-point lead with less than two minutes to go, Belo fired a booming triple that gave the Elite some much-neede breathing room. Blackwater then just took care of its free throws to seal the win to end 2017.
"First time namin manalo against Rain or Shine and to win in Cuneta and we're hoping that we can have a good new year with this win," head coach Leo Isaac said.
"Our defense needed to hold to contain the firepower of Rain or Shine. We needed to contain the shooters while we were able to convert on our side," he added.
After Belo, Mike Digregorio 23 points for Blackwater including the two insurance free throws while rookie Raymar Jose had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Rain or Shine, who dropped to 1-1, Chris Tiu led the way with 14 points. Ed Daquioag and Gabe Norwood added 13 apiece for the Elasto Painters.
Blackwater (92) - Belo 25, Digregorio 23, Jose 12, Maliksi 10, Erram 9, Pinto 7, Sumang 5, Sena 2, Cortez 0, Marcelo 0, Javier 0.
Rain or Shine (87) - Tiu 14, Norwood 13, Daquioag 13, Almazan 10, Maiquez 9, Belga 7, Borboran 6, Yap 5, Trollano 4, Ponferada 2, Nambatac 2.
Quarterscores: 28-25, 47-44, 65-64, 92-87.
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