PBA: 3-0 start big for Blackwater says hulking Stepheson

Paul Lintag on May 26, 2019 08:17 PM
PBA: 3-0 start big for Blackwater says hulking Stepheson
After finishing a dismal 2-9 in the All-Filipino, the Elite are 3-0 to start the mid-season joust, with no. 2 pick Ray Parks and import Alex Stepheson leading the show.

Blackwater has been a different team in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

After finishing a dismal 2-9 in the All-Filipino, the Elite are 3-0 to start the mid-season joust, with no. 2 pick Ray Parks and import Alex Stepheson leading the show.

Both players have scored 20 each in all three games and in the case of Stepheson, he’s been dominating on offense and on the boards as well.

Stepheson had another 20-20 game, powering through for 26 points and 21 rebounds in Sunday’s win against Columbian. He also had seven blocks for good measure.

“It was a tough game, coming off a back-to-back. But we showed a lot of character and played strong at the end,” Stepheson said.

“This is a competitive league, so every win and every basket will make a difference. Being 3-0 right now is really big,” he added.

Stepheson and Parks are not the only ones getting the job done for Blackwater.

In the Elite’s first two games, a third player other than Parks and Stepheson also scored at least 20. Against the Dyip, Allein Maliksi and Mac Belo scored 19 apiece to back up Alex (26 points) and Ray (23 points).

“A lot of people stepped up, I think we had like five or six in double figures so it was good team win. I thinl we’re playing well as team, everybody’s contributing,” Stepheson said.

“We just try to make a point to share the ball and I tell everybody if they’re open, shoot it. Coach tells everybody the same, don’t hesitate. Everyone’s a good player so we’re just looking for the best shot. If we find it, that person takes it and we’re happy,” he added.

 

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