MACAU – BLACKWATER lost steam in the payoff period, allowing the Guangzhou Long Lions to run away with an 88-69 win on Wednesday in the Asia League Super 8 2018 at Macao East Asian Games Dome here.
The fourth quarter score says it all, with the Chinese side outscoring the Elite, 29-11 to stay unbeaten through two games in Group B.
The Elite dropped to 1-1.
With the Long Lions in control with an early 11-point lead, the Elite staged an inspiring rally in the third frame that got them within one, 59-58, after a Renz Palma drive with 37.5 seconds left in the quarter.
But Blackwater botched numerous chances to get in front as Guangzhou held the Filipino squad scoreless for more than half of the frame. The Elite’s first basket came with 4:54 left in the game courtesy of a John Pinto split from the foul line.
Mike Digregorio was one of the few bright spots for Blackwater with his 13 points, six rebounds, and two assists, while Raymar Jose and Allein Maliksi both registered 11 and four.
JP Erram, who had a dominant double-double performance the day prior, was limited to just six points, both of which came from beyond the arc.
The Elite tries to advance to the crossover semifinals as they wrap up their group stage assignment against Japanese B.League side Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka (0-2) on Thursday.
Jing Mingxin led Guangzhou (2-0) with 21 points, three rebounds, three steals, and two assists, as Guo Kai logged a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds.
GUANGZHOU 88 – Jing 21, Guo 16, Shirelijian 14, Zheng 14, Gu 10, Tian 5, Wang 3, Yao 3, Heng 2, Song 0.
BLACKWATER 69 – DiGregorio 13, Jose 11, Maliksi 11, Sumang 8, Erram 6, Palma 6, Javier 5, Pinto 5, Banal 2, Belo 2, Zamar 0.
Quarters: 24-21, 46-37, 59-58, 88-69.