ANTIPOLO – Blackwater extended its hot start, routing NLEX, 132-106, on Saturday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Center.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. once again led the Elite in scoring after finishing with 29 points as the Elite regained solo leadership in the team standings with a 5-1 win-loss record.
The Elite, who have won back-to-back games, pulled away in the second half of the Petron Saturday Special after scoring the most number of points of the season.
“I commend the boys for playing tremendous basketball tonight,” said Blackwater interim coach Aris Dimaunahan. “We really had a great game plan for today thanks to our assistant coaches for doing their job and for the players for executing.”
“We prepared hard because we want to take care of business. We don’t want to be too much in cloud nine for that four wins that we have. That will be all nothing if we couldn’t get the win tonight,” Dimaunahan said.
NLEX stayed winless after five games – three of which with head coach Yeng Guiao on vacation.
Parks got a lot of support with Alex Stepheson having 21 points and 17 rebounds, and Allein Maliksi had 21 points for Blackwater.
Park led an Elite pullaway after breaking a 63-63 deadlock with five straight points that led to a 71-63 lead. Parks once again led a 10-0 run as Blackwater continued to dominate for an 85-71 lead. The Elite later led by as many as 30 points.
Blackwater 132 – Parks 29, Maliksi 21, Stepheson 21, Belo 14, DiGregorio 11, Alolino 8, Al-Hussaini 8, Tratter 6, Cortez 5, Sena 3, Salem 3, Sumang 2, Desiderio 1, Banal 0, Dario 0.
NLEX 106 – Mitchell 27, Baguio 19, Tiongson 14, Ighalo 10, Monfort 8, Quinahan 8, Galanza 5, Rios 5, Soyud 5, Erram 4, Paniamogan 0, Varilla 0, Lao 0, Paredes 0, Taulava 0.
Quarters: 33-19; 63-53; 93-80; 132-106.