HYRAM Bagatsing scored nine of his 15 points in Blackwater Sports’ big fourth quarter turnaround as the Elite pulled off a 71-69 victory over National University-Banco De Oro on Tuesday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Bagatsing scored all his fourth quarter points in an 11-0 start to the fourth period to finally give the lead to Blackwater Sports for good after a tough stand by NU-BDO, which was looking to break into the win column.
The Elite improved its win-loss record to 3-1 and kept the Bulldogs winless in four games.
“We just can’t take any team lightly,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac. “One thing na advantage namin is the championship experience pero parang we’ve been telling our players, ‘Okay champion nga tayo last conference pero the other teams are practicing a lot harder.’”
Bobby Ray Parks hit two free throws as the Bulldogs took a 54-42 lead in the third quarter before the Elite rallied in the final frame.
The Bulldogs scored eight straight points that cut the deficit to one point, 70-69, on a Parks lay-up with 19.8 seconds left. After Gio Ciriacruz hit one of two free throws, Parks threw up a tough three-pointer from the left corner that didn’t hit the rim.
Allan Mangahas had 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Jed Manguera added 10 points in only 11 minutes.
Parks had his best game in the D-League with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists but NU-BDO suffered its fourth loss for 13th place ahead of Derulo Accelero (0-5).
Blackwater Sports (71) – Bagatsing 15, Mangahas 14, Manguera 10, Ciriacruz 9, Llagas 7, Ferrer 6, Vigil 4, Austria 3, Cruz 2, Suguitan 1, Avillanoza 0, Reyes 0, Pe 0.
NU-BDO (69) – Parks 18, Alolino 15, Perez 12, Khobuntin 11, Neypes 5, Rono 4, Villamor 2, Rosario 2, Labing-isa 0, Javelona 0, De Guzman 0.
Quarterscores: 20-20; 32-36; 50-57; 71-69.