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    Dimaunahan rues Blackwater playing selfish basketball in loss to TNT

    Jul 7, 2019
    Staphon Blair scored 16 points, but failed to dish out a single assist against the KaTropa.
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    SELFISH basketball.

    That’s all there is to Blackwater being beaten black and blue by TnT Katropa, 115-97, in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup encounter Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Coach Aris Dimaunahan admitted the Elite didn’t’ play team ball especially in the second quarter when the Katropa began to take control and pull away for good.

    “I thought nagkanya-kanya kami. Sabi ko nga sa kanila all of our losses, same story. Kapag nawala yung teamwork namin natatambakan kami. So we have to correct that,” Dimaunahan pointed out.

    “Hindi talaga puwede kaming maglaro for ourselves, kailangang laging may teamwork.”

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    The Elite kept things close with the Katropa in the opening quarter before the roof caved in during the second period where they were outscored by the opposition, 35-20, behind the 11 points of import Terrence Jones.

    That paved the way for TnT to stretch a slim two-point lead to 60-43 at the break.

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    The Katropa ended up having more assists against the Elite, 32-15, with Jones and Jayson Castro accounting for 14 and 11, respectively.

    The 18-point loss came just two days after Blackwater scored a huge 104-99 win over Magnolia in overtime that clinched for them a berth in the quarterfinals. The Elite fell to a 6-4 record but remains in third place and on track of still finishing within the Top 4.

    Blackwater will play the Alaska Aces for its final game in the eliminations on Sunday. And Dimaunahan could only hope the Elite will learn to play team ball again opposite the Aces.

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    Staphon Blair scored 16 points, but failed to dish out a single assist against the KaTropa.
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño
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