The Blackwater Elite is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 4:30 P.M. on June 2, 2019 live from the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Both the Elasto Painters and the Elite are looking to make a quick bounce back when the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup resume this afternoon in Antipolo.
Blackwater’s impressive start of the conference was put on halt after they collided with the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters last Friday.
Second overall pick rookie Bobby Ray Parks Jr., was limited to only two points in the first half of that battle though he was able to find ways to generate points in the second half but wasn’t enough to pull an upset.
Speaking about upset, Elite’s interim head coach Aris Dimaunahan was in a beast mode after the referees didn’t blow their whistle as Alex Stepheson muscled his way inside the paint.
The former Barangay Ginebra San Miguel import now turned into a coach thought his import got fouled but there wasn’t a call.
He slammed the tip part of the official’s table and as a result, he got tossed out from the arena as he was slapped with a flagrant misconduct infraction.
Still, Dimaunahan’s action-fueled his players as they made a run and closed the gap to a striking distance. However, that time around they weren’t able to complete their comeback attempt.
“They fought back from 19 down. They stuck together and played the hardest. I was watching sa isang room, I thought we will pull it through,” Dimaunahan said.
Denzel Bowles is back in the PBA and proved why he won a Best Import Award back in the 2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
He dropped 31 points, 13 rebounds and four swats in his return, however, that didn’t translated into a victory.
“We were just one, two shots away from blowing it open but we just can’t get a comfortable lead. And they came out very strong in the second half,” said Bowles.