BLACKWATER did hold Rain or Shine to an awful 0-for-25 shooting from beyond the arc Friday night in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Unfortunately, the Elite also committed 26 turnovers which coach Leo Isaac thought cost the expansion team from posting its first ever win in the pro league.
“Parang very frustrating yung 26 turnover points na ibinigay namin. Wala na kaming magawa dahil nawala ang bola sa amin, then fastbreak na sila, walang depensa. Very frustrating yun dahil sa errors na ganun,” rued Isaac in the aftermath of the Elite’s 82-75 loss against the Elasto Painters.
So instead of a 2-0 start, Blackwater suddenly found itself at the bottom of the standings with two straight losses to start the season.
The Elite have nothing to blame but themselves.
On opening day, they blew a 16-point lead against fellow expansion team Kia Motors to lose, 80-66.
Against Rain or Shine, Blackwater also allowed a 15-point lead to disappear before succumbing to pressure in the fourth period.
Isaac, who led the Elite to a PBA D-League title last year, hopes the back-to-back defeats could help fast track their development as a team in the season-opening tournament.
“It came at a part of the game na very crucial na eh, nawala ang bola, pilit na tira, mga ganung bagay. But hopefully, we could learn the soonest para naman magawa namin yung dapat,” he said.
Blackwater takes a day off on Saturday to rest the players’ battered bodies, having played non-stop basketball for the past two weeks, according to Isaac.
The Elite are actually missing the services of veteran forwards Sunday Salvacion and Gilbert Bulawan, who both have knee problems.
Isaac hopes Salvacion, a dead-shot from beyond the arc, could see action next Tuesday when Blackwater faces Meralco.