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Blackwater, Globalport eye 2nd win

  • Written by Arman Carandang
  • Published in Basketball
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THE trouble when you are on top of the standings is that you become the target of all teams.

That’s the thing causing some anxiety on coach Leo Isaac whose Blackwater is enjoying a view from the top in the PBA Philippine Cup.

“First time makikita mo win-loss standing ng PBA na nasa taas ang Blackwater,” said Isaac minutes after the Elite put one over on Governors’ Cup losing finalist Meralco, 86-84, last Sunday for what was the franchise’s best start since 2014.

Prior to that, the Elite defeated Phoenix, 94-87, last Nov. 23.

The Elite had been used to hogging the cellar in their first few conferences in the pro league, but  things seemed to have changed for the better for the team.

“We were able to get players that we want. Slowly you can see some glitter in our team. Hopefully it develops to its full potential,” said Isaac.
    
Blackwater got two of the best rookies during the draft, including Raphael Banal and former Far Eastern stalwart Mac Belo.
    
The two rookies had delivered for Blackwater’s first two outings, especially Belo who later became a recipient of the weekly award given by the PBA Press Corps.
    
Still, when you realize the team is leading you begin to realize the tough times ahead.
   
Ask coach Leo.
    
“Ang tumatakbo sa isip ko, other teams will be preparing harder for us unlike the past years,” stressed Isaac.
    
Whether the Elite are for real will be known today as they take on Talk ‘N Text at 4:15 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
    
The Elite are currently in a tie with Rain or Shine on top. It could have been a three-way tie, but San Miguel fell in ambush to Phoenix, 92-85, last Wednesday.  
    
Also looking to sustain its heat is Globalport which will take on Star Hotshots in the 7 p.m. main offering. The Batang Pier demolished Mahindra last Friday, 97-75.
    
The Tropang Texters, on the other hand, lost badly in their opening game, absorbing a 101-87 loss at the hands of Rain or Shine last Nov. 23, but rebounded four days later to subdue Barangay Ginebra, 108-103.