The Blackwater Elite is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the NLEX Road Warriors at 4:30 P.M. on June 8, 2019 live from the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
The Elite will be attempting to overtake the NorthPort Batang Pier in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings and be at the number one spot while the Road Warriors wanted to end their miseries and snag their first victory when PBA resume this afternoon in Antipolo.
JP Erram will be playing against his former team for the second this 44th PBA season.
In his last face-off versus the Blackwater, the 6-foot-8 player notched a double-double output with 20 points and 10 rebounds along with his 2 block shots.
NLEX interim head coach Jojo Lastimosa is hoping that at least Erram will at least have the same production and will be enough for them to end their four-game skid.
Also, JR Quiñahan is expected to return in action this afternoon after he got a clearance to play. Quiñahan was sidelined because he underwent a minor surgery to repair a meniscal tear on his knee.
Looking at the win-loss record of both teams, it appears that it favors to Blackwater but coach Aris Dimaunahan is looking beyond the numbers and still considered the Road Warriors a dangerous team.
“NLEX napakalakas na team being coached by coach Yeng (Guiao), isang napakagaling na coach,” said Dimaunahan. “‘Yung zero wins nila, hindi ibig sabihin nu’n na hindi nila kayang manalo. On any given day… they could beat anybody.”
Blackwater interim head coach also don’t want to take for granted the supporting cast of the Road Warriors as the coach Yeng Guiao-led team continue to play without Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena.
“Hindi mo pwedeng isang-tabi ‘yung mga ibang players kasi kahit sino nga sa kanila could beat you on any given night. Hindi mo p’wedeng i-isantabi iyung ibang players. Lahat sila capable of scoring and beating you kung tumama sila sa opensa nila.”