BLACKWATER Sports downed Chinese Taipei, 98-69, on Tuesday to salvage second place in the 2014 Penang Chief Minister’s International Cup.
After a setback to Malaysia that ended Blackwater’s chances of taking the title, the Elite vented their ire on the Taiwanese, with former Adamson star Jericho Cruz scoring 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting to help the team end the tournament with a 4-1 win-loss card.
“Kailangan lang ibuhos ang laro. Talo tayo sa previous game, championship sana 'yun kaya ayaw naman namin na madalawang sunod tayo,” said Cruz.
“Ayaw rin kasi namin na uuwi tayo sa Pilipinas nang nakababa ang noo. Syempre, alam ng lahat sa basketball laging angat ang Pilipinas,” he added.
Host Malaysia took the title behind a five-game sweep, while ACBA Australia took third place in the event that also featured teams from India and Singapore.
Although the Elite dominated on offense against the Taiwanese, the Blackwater coaching staff were not pleased with the highly physical play and several calls that they thought were questionable.
“Medyo masama talaga ang officiating. Maraming fouls na tinawag na hindi naman. Basta maraming alanganing pito,” said Blackwater assistant coach Boy Sablan.
“Madalas tayo ang biktima. Good thing hindi nawala ang focus ng mga bata natin.”
Blackwater Sports now prepares for an exhibition game against Kia Motors, another PBA expansion team, on Saturday in Binan, Laguna, but team officials said the Penang stint has given them a clearer picture of the final roister for the PBA.
“At least dito sa Malaysia nakita namin yung mga players na pwede naming i-consider sa team na i-aakyat namin sa PBA,” said team manager Johnson Martines.
Blackwater Sports governor Silliman Sy echoed Martires’ sentiments, although the team has yet to announce the final cut.
“This is a good measure of how tough the team is now,” Sy said. “Ang critical naman dito is everybody gets along well. Our formula for success hopefully is teamwork, we don’t want to have a superstar who will dominate the team,” added Sy.
“It has to be teamwork at eto naman nakikita natin teamwork ng team, for that we should be happy for the result.”
Blackwater Sports 98: Cruz 30, Laure 17, Tiongson 10, Gamalinda 9, Zamar 7, Soyud 6, Ciriacruz 5, Bulawan 5, Bagatsing 3, Austria 2, Llagas 2, Mangahas 2.
Chinese Taipei 69: Liang 21, Chiao 15, Tieh 8, Yang 6, H. Yi 6, Da 5, Ting 4, K. Yi 2, Lin 2, Syuan 0, Hao 0, Cheng 0.