PBA 43 Review: What’s Blackwater’s ceiling?
Paul Lintag on Dec 30, 2018 09:30 PM
Mac Belo and Allein Maliksi will have to lead Blackwater for the Elite to reach a higher ceiling in 2019.
The PBA's 43rd season was a loooooong one.
Seriously, it started December of 2017 and it ended December of 2018. That's 12 months of almost non-stop basketball.
But with the current PBA season finally drawing to a close, it's time we look back at how each team fared in 2018.
Today, we take on the Blackwater Elite.
Blackwater’s first two conferences were frustrating and forgettable.
The Elite’s Philippine Cup as frustrating as Blackwater just couldn’t catch a break.
Towards the end, the team had to rely on others in order to advance to the playoffs.
Usually, those kind of scenarios don’t end well.
It didn’t end well for Blackwater.
The Elite missed the playoffs due to inferior quotient. The team didn’t even have the chance to play for a knockout, that’s how bad their quotient was.
The Commisisoner’s Cup was worse.
Blackwater finished with a 1-10 record and the only win came during a last-second dunk by import Herny Walker.
The Elite needed a change of scenery, they needed a spark.
Enter Asia League.
Blackwater competed in the Super 8 tournament in Macau along with NLEX. And while the Elite were plagued witn inferior quotient once again and missed the semifinals, the team played well and forged some strong chemistry.
It was evident when the Elite returned for the Governors’ Cup and Blackwater had its best conference to date.
There was still some growing pains for the team, they missed a twice-to-beat edge by one game, but the Elite have made themselves into a true playoff contender.
Blackwater has since made changes to its team, but for the upcoming season, it appears that the Elite have a higher ceiling to reach. That’s super.
Blackwater ELITE in the 2017-2018 PBA Season
Philippine Cup: 5-6 (10th place)
Commissioner’s Cup: 1-10 (12th place)
Governors’ Cup: 7-4 (5th place)
Overall: 13 wins and 30 losses. One playoff appearance.
POST DRAFT NOTE:
Blackwater had quite a haul in the 2018 PBA Draft.
Following an approved trade, the Elite got their hands on Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter for JP Erram. The loss of Erram hurts for sure but Abu joins a versatile frontline that also has Raymar Jose and Mac Belo.
That’s a young core but it helps build Blackwater’s future.
Desiderio is a strange case as the Elite have more proven players ahead of the rotation. Still, the former UP captain should take over the spot of Paul Zamar in the team.
Blackwater technically still has the rights to no. 2 pick Bobby Ray Parks Jr. Pending any deals, the Alab Pilipinas MVP is still headed to the Elite once he jumps to the PBA for real.
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