BLACKWATER caught fire in the second half to deal Rain or Shine its first defeat of the season, 111-99, on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Michael DiGregorio and Allein Maliksi hit three-pointers to spark the third-quarter run that enabled the Elite to win for the first time in its third game of the season.
DiGregorio scored 27 points behind a 7-of-10 clip from three-point land while Allein Maliksi had 23 points and seven rebounds as the Elite dealt Rain or Shine its first loss after a 2-0 start to the season.
Blackwater coach Bong Ramos said the team is starting to develop its character especially after five- point loss to Meralco last week.
“Ang maganda sa amin, ‘yung first game wala kaming character. Second game, may character na tayo, linamangan tayo, binalikan natin, lumamang tayo but the result, talo pa rin,” said Ramos.
"But it doesn’t mean that we lost the game eh wala tayong na-achieve."
James Yap scored 20 points while Maverick Ahanmisi had 18 points in the Elastopainters' loss that left Phoenix Pulse as the lone undefeated team this season.
Blackwater (111) – DiGregorio 27, Maliksi 23, Javier 16, Tratter 12, Belo 9, Sena 6, Desiderio 6, Sumang 4, Cortez 4, Palma 4, Jose 0, Alolino 0.
Rain or Shine (99) – Yap 20, Ahanmisi 18, Nambatac 15, Mocon 13, Daquioag 7, Ponferada 7, Torres 7, Belga 4, Borboran 3, Maiquez 3, Almazan 2, Norwood 0.
Quarters: 27-26; 46-53; 83-79; 111-99.