SUPER 8: Digregorio continues to believe in Blackwater
Paul Lintag on Jul 19, 2018 09:58 AM
"We plan on winning. We didn't come here to not advance. We're gonna come and win. We're building towards the Governors' Cup so I think we have the team to make noise in the Governors' Cup and also advance [here]," --- Mike Digregorio on Super 8. (ASIA LEAGUE Photo)
MACAU --- Late last season in the PBA, Blackwater was seen as a team on the rise.
Blackwater was knocking on the door of the semifinals, as the then no. 8-seed Elite pushed no. 1 Meralco to the brink in the quarterfinals.
The future looked bright for Blackwater.
This current season, the Elite, with a top-5 All-Filipino player in JP Erram, missed the Philippine Cup playoffss due to bad quotient.
But things fell apart in the Commissioner's Cup as a plethora of things, including a coaching change, doomed Blackwater.
The Elite finished the tournament with a woeful 1-10 mark. They won their only game thanks to a last-second dunk by import Henry Walker.
After that terrible stint, the Elite are busy preparing for the Governors' Cup, part of that buildup is the Summer Super 8 tournament here.
In two games, Blackwater split its games with teams from South Korea and China. The Elite have the chance to advance against a team from Japan Thursday.
The team is confident.
"I'm confident. As long as the rims are 10 feet high and the ball still bounces, we're confident," guard Mike Digregorio said.
"We have all the confidence in the world to win," he added.
The rebuild has been a long process for Blackwater.
But the team has more than enough talent to make it work. Digregorio has nothing but overwhelming belief on his team and previous close calls suggest that the Elite are on the verge of a breakthrough.
The process just needs a little more push.
"Every day is a work in progress. We had a coaching change and the Commissioner' Cup wasn't the conference that we wanted but I believe in this team, I really do," Digregorio said.
"Last Governors' Cup we were knocking on the semis, last Philippine Cup we played really well. We're building towards coach Bong's system and adjusting to him. Every day is a learning process but we're getting better and we're working towards success," he added.
There's success to be found in Macau and the Elite are one win away from advancing to the next round. They plan on doing so, obviously.
"We plan on winning. We didn't come here to not advance. We're gonna come and win. We're building towards the Governors' Cup so I think we have the team to make noise in the Governors' Cup and also advance [here]," Digregorio added.
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