Allein Maliksi was unconscious as he led his new team the Blackwater Elite past GlobalPort Batang Pier, 118-107.
Few weeks ago, the Elite started moving some of its assets in exchange for winning experience and coach Leo Isaac’s squad now looks like a legit contender.
Maliksi, the reigning three-point king delivered 22 points and 5 rebounds for his new ball-club which turned out to be another W for Blackwater.
This victory isn’t just an ordinary win for the Elite but a ticket going to the Quarterfinals round of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.
The leadership of Henry Walker was once again the reason why they’re successful in their tonight’s game and even Maliksi can testify on that.
“Si Henry nagagalit pag di ako umaatake or naging aggressive,” said Maliksi referring to Blackwater’s import ways of motivating his teammates.
Allein Maliksi First Point As A Member Of Blackwater Elite
Likewise, new acquired player from Barangay Ginebra, Dave Marcelo was also efficient scoring 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
GlobalPort’s defeat puts them disqualified in the ongoing tournament along with Alaska, Kia and Pheonix.
Batang Pier made a late surge and closed the gap into six (109-103) behind the hustle plays of Sean Anthony with just 2:39 remaining in the fourth quarter.
However, Blackwater have discovered how to maintain the momentum and keep its pace until the final buzzer has sounded.
The other half of the “Slash Brothers” was ejected during the second quarter. Terrence Romeo was called a flagrant foul penalty 2 after he intentionally throw the ball to Henry Walker.
Romeo was the scoring leader for the Batang Pier at that point with 13 points. Stanley Pringle tried to carry his team as he poured 27 points along with his 7 boards but not enough to beat the revamped Elite.
GlobalPort vs Blackwater Score Box
Bida Player of the Game: Allein Maliksi
Quarters: 31-29 | 62-50 | 92-77 | 118-107
Elite (118) – DiGregorio 16, Walker 19, Erram 11, Sumang 21, Maliksi 22, Belo 8, Pinto 8, Marcelo 13
Batang Pier (107) – Pringle 27, Romeo 13, Guinto 6, Holloway 28, Anthony 8, Cortez 6, Baracael 11, Cardona 4, Arana 4