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    Stepheson, Parks conspire as Blackwater nips Columbian to sustain hot start

    May 26, 2019
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    BLACKWATER remained undefeated on Sunday after beating Columbian, 118-110, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Alex Stepheson had a double-double after contributing 26 points, 21 rebounds, and a game-high seven blocks, as Bobby Ray Parks Jr. continued his stellar start to his PBA career after tallying 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

    With the win, the Elite sustained their fiery form as they took the solo first place in the team standings with a 3-0 card.

    “The challenge was really to get this win,” said Blackwater interim coach Aris Dimaunahan. “I reminded the guys that we have to take care of business from the get go until the final buzzer.

    “We know for a fact that Columbian can win games here. If you slack against them, they’ll going to step on you. Congratulations to our guys for not letting that happen,” said Dimaunahan.

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    Blackwater built a 14-2 run midway in the third to turn a 69-70 deficit to an 83-74 lead. The Elite led by only one point, 106-105, with three minutes left in the game but they responded with seven straight points to grab a 113-105 lead after Parks hit two charities with 1:08 left in the game.

    Blackwater also got contributions from other sources with Mac Belo having 19 points and eight rebounds, and Allein Maliksi adding 19 points and five rebounds.

    Kyle Barone had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Rashawn McCarthy had 20 points for the Dyip, who remained winless in three matches.

    The scores:

    Blackwater 118 – Stepheson 26, Parks 23, Belo 19, Maliksi 19, Sumang 11, DiGregorio 9, Tratter 5, Alolino 2, Al-Hussaini 2, Javier 2, Cortez 0, Banal 0, Dario 0, Sena 0.

    Columbian 110 – Barone 21, McCarthy 20, Perez 17, Celda 10, Khobuntin 10, Camson 7, Cabrera 6, Escoto 6, Calvo 4, Faundo 4, Cahilig 3, Corpuz 2, Gabriel 0.

    Quarters: 28-26; 57-54; 89-79; 118-110.

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