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    Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy not giving up on coach Leo Isaac despite woeful record

    Feb 10, 2015
    Leo Isaac and Blackwater have lost their first 14 games in the PBA. Jerome Ascano

    THE losses keep piling up, but Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy remains confident that Leo Isaac is the man that could turn the Elite around.

    "I still have my confidence in Leo. I don't want to blame him for the team's woes," said Sy as the Elite remain without  win in their maiden PBA season, including a 0-3 record in the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup.

    For the record, Blackwater has already been outdone by fellow expansion franchise KIA Motors, which already has two victories under its belt - one against the Elite during the Philippine Cup, and the other against reigning All-Filipino champion San Miguel in an epic upset last week.

    Blackwater actually kicked off their season campaign by losing all of its 14 games in the season-opening tournament, matching the worst losing streak in league history owned by Shopinas.com Clickers (2012).

    And the ordeal could be deepen further on Wednesday as the Elite face the Beermen.

    Incidentally, Isaac is on the verge of equalling the most number of successive losses suffered by a coach in a season at 17 owned by his former Ginebra San Miguel mentor Robert Jaworski.

    Isaac has lost his last 16 games, including his last two games as Barako Bull coach in 2010.

    But Sy said he’s not about to point an accusing fingers at Isaac.

    "Actually, it's our players who I want to give the lashing," said Sy, disclosing that he has already talked personally to his players in an open forum followed by a productive roundtable meeting with the coaching staff.

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    "Nag usap-usap na kami. Hiningi ko saloobin nila. And I heard their side. I told them mine. So I hope it bears fruit soon," said Sy, who admitted already feeling impatient at how his team has been performing in the pro league.

    "Kilala niyo naman pedigree ng team ko. I won titles in the D-League and in the PBL, we just won the UAAP women's basketball crown through our NU Lady Bulldogs. Kaya I know where I stand," said the team owner.

    But Sy said moving up to the PBA is indeed a big transition for the team.

    "Ang hirap pala talaga ng laban dito sa PBA. Now ko nararamdaman. You really have to come out with all your armors in check," he added.

    "We are learning our lessons and I am optimistic in the coming games, we'll be OK," Sy said confidently.

    The longtime basketball patron meanwhile, sees a glimmer of hope in the team’s campaign in the mid-season tournament with the presence of stand-in import Marcus Douthit.

    The Gilas Pilipinas naturalized cager, pitching in for injured reinforcement Chris Charles, has been giving the young Blackwater team the needed leadership on and off the court.

    "Maganda ang pagpasok sa team ni Marcus. We now have a leader and a go-to-guy. I just hope he gets his groove back in time," said Sy.

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    Leo Isaac and Blackwater have lost their first 14 games in the PBA. Jerome Ascano
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