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    Riled Blackwater owner hints at shake-up after 38-point loss to TnT

    Mar 11, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    IT wasn’t the kind of game, more so the outcome, a team owner would expect from his players.

    But to the horror of Blackwater big boss Dioceldo Sy, the Elite suffered a terrible 127-89 beating at the hands of TNT KaTropa that pushed the team on the brink of elimination in the PBA Philippine Cup.

    The game was so one-sided it equalled the biggest loss in franchise history. The only other time the Elite lost by 38 points was back in 2015, 123-85, at the hands of Rain or Shine.

    Sy, who watched the carnage from the bench, couldn’t hide his frustration following the game that he left the Ynares Center in Antipolo in a huff.

    But before leaving, he didn’t mince words about a possible shake-up in the team, from the coaching staff all the way to the current roster.

    “Felt bad, worst loss in Blackwater franchise history,” said Sy shaking his head. “Losing by 38 or 40 points means there’s something already wrong with the team.”

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      The setback pushed the team further down the cellar with a 2-7 record.

      Blackwater still has two games left against NLEX and Magnolia, although historically, according to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, a team that loses seven games doesn’t qualify for the playoffs.

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      Despite giving up Poy Erram, Paul Zamar and Nards Pinto in the offseason, Sy said he felt the Elite should have been a middle-order team in the All-Filipino conference.

      “I think we deserved to be in the middle of the standings and not at the bottom,” he added.

      The disappointing campaign ironically, comes on the heels of the team advancing to the quarterfinals of the last Governors Cup as the fifth seeded ballclub before getting eliminated by eventual champion Magnolia.

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