The Blackwater Elite is scheduled for a head-to-head Quarterfinals game against the Meralco Bolts at 7:00 P.M. on September 28, 2017 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Elite has pushed their series with the Bolts into a do-or-die showdown after they have beaten a team that carries a twice-to-beat advantage just a couple of days ago.
Streaky shooter Allein Maliksi who only played three games with Blackwater has proven himself to his new ball-club. Maliksi drained a dagger shot in the last few seconds of the final quarter that keeps their semis hopes alive.
However, Henry Walker who is the main catalyst of rejuvenated Elite squad knows that the road going to the next round will be much tougher.
“We just poked the bear. And if you’re from the country like I am, you’ve gotta be ready what happens when the bear turns around,” Walked said.
Walker exploded in the fourth quarter to carry his team to victory. He registered 30 points in their first Quarterfinals match-up where 18 of its markers where made in final period.
After beating the San Miguel Beermen in a came-from-behind fashion and became the top seeded team in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, the Meralco Bolts lost steam especially at the later stages of the game.
Amer Baser has drilled a what could have been a game winner three-point shots was spoiled by the opposing team as Jared Dillinger committed two unnecessary fouls.
Blackwater took advantage of the opportunity and eventually leads to Allein Maliksi’s game winning jumper.
“At this point of the conference, you have no right to be tired. Everybody is trying to fight for survival and stay alive,” he said. “If you want to play another day, then you’ve got to get over the tiredness very quickly and go out and play.” said coach Norman Black.