BIÑAN – Blackwater broke its two-game skid on Saturday with a 120-99 win over Columbian in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Alonte Sports Arena.
With a 7-3 slate, the Elite stayed in the running for the twice-to-beat quarterfinal incentive as they climbed to a share of third place with Alaska and Phoenix in the team standings following the Petron Saturday Special match.
Henry Walker had a perfect 9-of-9 from the field, finishing with a team-high 26 points to go with 11 rebounds for the Elite, who led by as many as 31 points.
The Dyip ended their disappointing season with a 1-10 slate in the import-laden conference.
“We didn’t underestimate them,” said Blackwater coach Bong Ramos. “That was what I kept on telling them this week. I reminded them that the first five wins that we got, we were really playing defense. Not perfect, but we can sustain the defense. They showed that tonight.
“We still need one more game for the top four,” said Ramos.
Mac Belo had 16 points, while Paul Zamar and Allein Maliksi each had 13 points for Blackwater, who earned a 33-20 first-quarter lead and never looked back.
Akeem Wright had 28 points and 10 rebounds in the final game of the season for Columbian.
BLACKWATER 120 – Walker 26, Belo 16, Zamar 13, Maliksi 13, DiGregorio 11, Erram 9, Pinto 8, Cortez 6, Palma 5, Javier 5, Jose 5, Sumang 3, Banal 0, Cruz 0, Sena 0.
COLUMBIAN 99 – Wright 28, McCarthy 11, King 11, Reyes 9, Gabriel 7, Khobuntin 7, Cabrera 6, Corpuz 5, Ababou 4, Tubid 4, Sara 3, Celda 2, Escoto 2, Cahilig 0.
Quarters: 33-20; 53-42; 93-69; 120-99.