The Blackwater Elite has passed the test of the Alaska Aces as they’re on their way to the playoffs.
The squad of coach Aris Dimaunahan defeated the team of coach Alex Compton, 112-104.
Bobby Ray Parks once again powered his team to their best-ever franchise record after the elimination round.
The second overall pick of the 2018 PBA Draft flirted a triple-double output with his 25 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.
He was later named as the Best Player of the Game.
Though already qualified on the second round of th 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the Elite wasn’t relaxed on both ends of the floor.
It was a seesaw battle for both the Aces and the Elite until the last few minutes of the contest.
Blackwater able to find its needed separation when Rabeh Al-Hussaini converted his forced three-pointer at the 1:22 mark of the fourth quarter, 109-104.
Then Roi Sumang added three more points to shut the door completely for Alaska.
Diamon Simpson led Alaska in their attack with his 24 markers and 16 boards while Chris Banchero added 18 points and four assists.
With the victory, Blackwater finished the first round of the second conference with 7-4 slate which is a franchise-best.
Alaska, on the other hand, stuck in the middle of the standings with 4-7 record and their playoff hopes are now in peril.
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Blackwater vs Alaska Box Score
Quarters: 27-32 | 56-55 | 80-78 | 112-104
Elite (112) – Parks 25, Sumang 18, Maliksi 15, Blair 14, Belo 13, Al-Hussaini 12, Digregorio 6, Desiderio 4, Cortez 3, Sena 2, Alolino 0
Aces (104) – Simpson 24, Banchero 18, Thoss 15, Manuel 15, Teng 11, Enciso 9, Casio 6, Racal 4, Pascual 2, Exciminiano 0, Cruz 0