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    COLUMN: Blackwater skid continues. There’s an explanation to this madness

    Jul 15, 2022
    Ariel Vanguardia, Blackwater
    After a solid 5-1 start, Blackwater has lost three consecutive games.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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    CHICAGO — Blackwater is hydroplaning, fishtailing out of control.

    Just a week ago, the Bossings were the feel-good story of the PBA Philippine Cup, the comeback kids who turned the ignominy of a 29-game losing streak into the majesty of a 5-1 start.

    And then the fairy tale turned into a dreadful nightmare.

    Already unfair, life can also be vicious, cruel.

    On the heels of an outright quarterfinals berth, the Bossing lost three games in five days, dropping them to 5-4 in the standings.

    What the heck happened?

    Blackwater head coach Ariel Vanguardia is not the type to come up with excuses. And he's not about to start singing alibis.


    It started with the 110-107 overtime loss to San Miguel last July 10, a demoralizing defeat where the refs were not necessarily fair with their whistles, awarding the Beermen 43 free throws against Blackwater's 11.


    The foul differential was just as slanted, 33 for Blackwater and only 18 for San Miguel.

    Three days later, they got clobbered by Rain or Shine, 107-90, the same day news about Paul Desiderio's alleged domestic abuse towards his ex-wife, Agathat Uvero, came to light.

    And on Friday night, while playing like zombies, Blackwater made the NLEX Road Warriors look like the Golden State Warriors and got blown out of the Ynares Center, 98-68.

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    This one was especially troubling, a non-contest where the Bossings scored only two points in the first quarter while NLEX, which entered the contest staggering from a three-game losing streak, ran away with 31.

    The Bossings are exhausted, defeated.

    But they're still fifth overall in the standings, a very good place given their history.


      "WE STILL HOLD OUR DESTINY," coach Ariel told me.

      The key is to keep their record above the .500 mark and for them to rise above the challenges that have festered the team.


      "We need to dig deeper. We need to man up," he added.

      And help is on the way.

      The Bossings have four days to recharge before their next outing. It's ample time to get a break from the mental and physical grind.

      Whether or not they come out on the brighter side of this grim episode remains to be seen.

      I never thought I'd say this about Blackwater but I'm keeping the faith.

      The Bossings are too talented and too well-coached to just wilt like a pot of unwatered flowers.

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      After a solid 5-1 start, Blackwater has lost three consecutive games.
      PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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