CAN Blackwater stop another team on a winning streak? That’s the task at hand when the Elite go up against TNT on Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Elite on Friday snapped Magnolia’s five-game winning streak, 104-99, to improve its win-loss record to 6-3 in third place.
Now, Blackwater is now eyeing to break another winning run when it takes on TNT at 4:30 p.m. TNT is on a six-game winning streak and eyeing to clinch the twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals in the match against Blackwater.
Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan, however, said the task will certainly be difficult as the Elite are going up against one of the potential candidates for the Best Import award in Terrence Jones.
“We’ll be facing another red hot team and the number one in the league right now… Talagang it’s so tough playing against those teams na talagang on a roll. But we just have to do our best on Sunday. Kailangan talaga naming dumepensa with Terrence Jones na parang pinaka-anchor ng offense nila.
“He is also doing everything for his team, passing, rebounding, shooting. We have to contain him and do a better job on limiting their scores because lahat sa TNT scorers,” said Dimaunahan.
New Blackwater import Stephan Blair also looks forward to his match-up against Jones. Blair will be facing Jones on his second game with the team after finishing with 14 points and 14 rebounds against Magnolia.
“They have like an NBA star,” Blair said. “He is pretty good, so I'm ready for the matchup and see what happens come Sunday. It's just going to push me to play harder, do the best I can, and keep on playing the game, play smart, and listen to the coaches.”