The Blackwater Elite is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Meralco Bolts at 1 PM on November 4, 2020 live from the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Blackwater had a chance to regain the lead in the final 16 seconds of their morning skirmish with San Miguel. Still, the Elite failed to convert the go-ahead basket as Mike Tolomia, Ron Dennison, and Don Trollano missed their shots one after the other during the overtime.
The Elite was led by the 20 points of Ed Daquioag, while Tolomia added 17 and Trollano and Frank Golla with 10 apiece. Blackwater lost for the third straight game for a 2-4 record as it played its first game in 11 days after the league went on a brief break to comply with the additional protocols made by the IATF.
The Elite has a brutal schedule of six matches until November 11, an offshoot of the two previous games postponed due to the “suspect case” involving a referee and one of their players. Both eventually tested negative in confirmatory tests.
“We’re still remaining positive despite the grueling schedule we are facing. Six games in nine days will not be easy, but we will do our very best to still be in contention for the next round,” said coach Nash Racela prior to their skirmish with San Miguel yesterday.
Meanwhile, Meralco was also outgunned by the reigning champion SMB.
Bolts had the game under control three-fourths of the way. They jumped to a 65-52 lead as Chris Newsome, and Cliff Hodge took care of business in the third, scoring seven points each. However, Meralco couldn’t stop Mo Tautuaa and the rest of the Beermen, who drained a barrage of three-pointers in the final frame to turn around a game where they trailed by as many as 13 points late in the third.
Newsome eventually finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, and six assists for Meralco, which fell to an even 3-3 slate. Baser Amer led the Bolts with 17.