Elite Strike

October 07, 2018

Games Wednesday:

(Cuneta Astrodome)

4:30 p.m. --NLEX  vs. Phoenix

7 p.m.--Blackwater vs. Magnolia

STA.ROSA, Laguna - -Nard  Pinto did it  again for Blackwater.

Pinto hit a back-breaking three-point shot when it mattered most as Blackwater survived a determined rally  by  Rain or Shine to eke out a  99-93 win  in  the PBA Governors’ Cup at  the  Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex here Sunday.

The win catalpulted Blackwater into a  two-way tie for the  top  spot  with  defending champion Barangay Ginebra with 6-1 win-loss slates.

Rain or Shine, which  played minus  James Yap and Raymond Almazan, dropped  to 0-4.

“We   were  really  focused on getting the sixth win today and I’m happy that my players achieved it,” said Blackwater coach  Bong Ramos after the game.

“They really want to get  that. We controlled the game,” he added.

Blackwater led by  as  many as 16 points in the game, but couldn’t  shake off   the   E-Painters until the endgame.

Enter Pinto.

Pinto,  the  19th  overall pick from Arellano University in the 2014 PBA Draft, hit the dagger trey  right  after Maverick Ahanmisi put  Rain or Shine  within 92-94 with still 43 seconds remaining.

Pinto, whose  late-game heroics  in  Blackwater’s wins over NorthPort and Ginebra  already earned for him the PBA Press Corp “Player of the Week” honors from Sept. 19-23,  finished with 16  points on  a  perfect 6-of-6 shooting in less than 20 minutes.

He also went 3/3 from the three-point range.

Michael  DiGregorio topscored  with 17 points  and  import William  Henry  Walker added a  triple-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists for the Elite.

Ahanmisi and import Terrence  Watson  carried  the fight for  the   E-Painters, who  remained as one of  only  two  winless  teams.

Ahanmisi finishe with 25 points, including four triples, while Watson added 17 points, 14 rebounds and three  blocks.

Ed  Daquioag had 14 points, four  rebounds aand three asissts for Rain or Shine.

Actually, the  E-Painters raced to a 10-point  lead, 27-17, on two free throws  by Daquioag.

But eight  unasnwered  points by the Elite, highlighted  by back-to-back triples by  Roi Sumang and Paul Zamar, kept  the score close at 25-27.

The  second quarter , however,  was  all-Blackwater show.

The Elite scored 15 points and limited   the E-Painters to only two points in  the first 10 minutes of the second period to open  up a  42-32  lead  from  a   27-30 deficit.

The Elite were still up, 47-35, with 46 seconds left before intermission before Daquioag, Ahanmisi and Jewel Ponferada clustered four  points to keep it  manageable, 39-47.

Overall,  Blackwater made 34 of 78 attempts for 43 percent compared to  Rain or  Shine’s 30-of-93 for 32 perent.

The Elite also made 18-of-38 (47 percent)  from  the  three-point  range against  only 10-of-41 (24 percent) by  Rainor Shine        The scores:

Blackwater  (99) -- Digregorio 17, Pinto 16, Walker 14, Maliksi 13, Zamar 11, Jose 8, Belo 6, Sena 5, Javier 4, Sumang 3, Erram 2, Cortez 0.

Rain or Shine  (93) -- Ahanmisi 25, Watson 17, Daquioag 15, Ponferada 9, Torres  8,  Belga 7, Borboran 5, Nambatac 4, Norwood 3, Washington 0, Tiu 0, Casino 0, Onwubere 0.

Quarterscores: 27-30, 47-39, 73-64, 99-93.