Elite escape

October 05, 2018
Lenry Walker
Henry Walker of Blackwater defies the tight defense of Cliff Hodge and Baser Amer of Meralco in the PBa Governors’ Cup. PBA photo

BLACKWATER is back to its winning ways thanks in  part to Paul  Zamar.

Zamar nailed  the game-winning three-point shot with 0.9 second left  in Blackwater’s hard-earned  94-91 win over Meralco in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Zamar’s basket came  after to-time PBA Best Import winner Allen Durham drew a foul from Blackwater counterpart William Walker but could only split his free throws  that left the score tied at 91-all  with still 18 seconds remaining.

Durham  himself made  it 90-91 for Meralco right after Mac Bello had  given Blackwater a 91-88 advantage  with  a dagger 3 with 57 seconds left.

“Great bounce-back, great win.  It’s a  game of adjustments. They adjust, we adjust. It’s a come-from-behind win again,” said  Blackwater coach Bong Ramos.

“The characters of the players are developing. I  hope   we can continue  it,” added Ramos.

The  win enabled  the Elite to redeem themselves  from a disappointing 108-124 loss to NLEX last Sept. 30 and  move into a share of the top  spot  with defending champion Barangay Ginebra  and Magnolia at 5-1.

The  Bolts, who played their first game  in the season-ending tournament since competing in the FIBA  Asia Champions Cup in Thailand  where they finished fourth, dropped  to 1-4 win-loss.

Walker finished with 24 points and  14 rebounds  for Blackwater, followed by Belo with 14, Zamar with 13, Roi Sumang with 12 and Alein  Maliksi with 10.

Durham  did his best for Meralco with 32 points, 21 rebounds and six assists

But only Baser Amer and Ken Bono managed to score in double  digits  for  the  Bolts with 14 and 10  points, respectively.

Amer  hit  a  triple that gave the Bolts a  74-64 lead   before the Elite came charging  back to snatch the victory.

The scores:

Blackwater  (94) --Walker 24,  Belo 14, Zamar 13, Sumang 12, Maliksi 10, Jose 8, Sena 5, Pinto 4, Digregorio 2, Al-Hussaini 2, Javier 0.

Meralco (91) --    Durham 32, Amer 14, Bono 10, Newsome 8, Caram 7, Lanete 5, Hodge 4, Salva 4, Tolomia 3, Jamito 2, Hugnatan 2, Atkins 0, Canaleta 0.

Quarterscores: 18-14, 40-37, 61-62, 94-91.