BLACKWATER Sports extended its winning run to three with an 88-83 victory over Jose Rizal University on Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Elite have now won three straight after dropping their opening game, catching the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns for third place in the team standings.
“May konting character na,” said Blackwater Sports coach Leo Isaac. “Gusto kong manalo. Gusto ko mabuo sa kanila ’yung winning habit and attitude. Gusto ko mabuo ’yung competitiveness at confidence.”
Allan Mangahas converted a three-pointer with the two minutes left for an 82-77 Blackwater advantage.
JRU managed to hit baskets in the ensuing plays but could not make the stops as Blackwater’s Kevin Ferrer and Jeric Fortuna scored easy baskets inside to maintain the gap.
Gio Ciriacruz hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to seal the victory. He topscored for Blackwater with 15 points, while Justin Chua and Robby Celiz each had 14 markers.
Mangahas had 11 points, while the University of Santo Tomas pair of Fortuna and Ferrer each had 10 points.
JRU slid to 1-3, joining Fruitas in seventh place.
Dexter Maiquez and Jeckster Apinan had 15 and 12 points ,respectively, for the Heavy Bombers.
Blackwater Sports (88) – G. Ciriacruz 15, Chua 14, Celiz 14, Mangahas 11, Ferrer 10, Fortuna 10, Abdul 4, Vigil 4, Mazo 3, Llagas 3, Bagatsing 0, I. Ciriacruz 0.
JRU (83) – Maiquez 15, Apinan 12, Mirza 11, Ighalo 11, Villarias 8, Acidre 6, Caperal 5, Mabulac 4, Almario 4, Pinto 2, Lopez 2, Miranda 2, Dela Paz 1.
Quarterscores: 25-21; 40-42; 63-57; 88-83.