The young but talented Blackwater Elite were able to bounce back and once again in the winning tracks as they beat the more experienced Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 98-92.
In this game, the Elite were given a test from the free-throw line and they responded with toughness.
Michael Di Gregorio as well as their prized rookie Bobby Ray Parks Jr., shown their clutchness from the charity stripes as the Elasto Painters kept on fouling them at the tail-end portion of the final quarter hoping to complete their comeback.
Rain or Shine’s weapon from the three-point land was rusty in their today’s battle as they only converted seven out of their forty-two attempts. RoS were playing catch-up for the entire game.
Though they were able to cut the 18-point deficit to only four points with less than 30 seconds remaining but the boys of Blackwater head coach Aris Dimaunahan wanted to take home the victory.
Blackwater were successful on withstanding the late barrage set by the Elasto Painters.
Allein Maliksi scored 19 points and shoots 50 percent from the field for the Elite. He was also named as the Bida Player of the Game.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr., wasn’t able to get his shooting going but found other ways to contribute. Parks was perfect from the free-throw line (10-of-10) and most of those came in the final minutes of the final period.
Denzel Bowles led Rain or Shine with 27 points while James Yap added 15 markers.
Allein Maliksi For Three
Blackwater vs Rain or Shine Box Score
Quarters: 24-17 | 50-40 | 76-60 | 98-92.
Elite (98) – Maliksi 19, Digregorio 16, Parks 16, Stepheson 13, Sumang 11, Belo 7, Tratter 4, Al-Hussaini 3, Banal 3, Sena 2, Alolino 2, Desiderio 2
Elasto Painters (92) -owles 27, Yap 15, Borboran 10, Daquioag 10, Rosales 8, Norwood 7, Belga 5, Mocon 4, Nambatac 1