HENRY Walker now sees things getting difficult for Blackwater from here on after Blackwater scored a third straight win in the PBA Governors Cup.
After squeaking past Alaska in double overtime, 111-106, Wednesday night, Walker warned the Elite about the team now being on the radar of the rest of the field.
The victory at the Mall of Asia Arena was the first three-game winning streak in franchise history since Blackwater entered the PBA in 2014. The team also hasn’t lost since Walker came in to replace the injured Trevis Simpson to improve its record at .500 (3-3).
Understandably, other teams will be watching them closely, according to the 30-year-old Walker.
“Don’t be complacent because we got three wins, and think we’ve actually did anything,” was what Walker told the Elite inside the dugout after the team won for the first time in eight overtime games.
“The road gets harder now. Now teams are gonna pay attention to you,” he added. “Now teams are gonna be hunting for us now. So you got to change your game, and you got to dig deep and work harder now because things are gonna get crazy.”
Walker did have a ‘crazy’ game against Alaska, his former team, as he registered 35 points and 32 rebounds, including 5 of 10 from three-point range. His numbers also marked the first 30-30 output in the league since the Elite’s very own Greg Smith erupted for 37 points and 30 rebounds in his Commissioner’s Cup debut against Phoenix.
The former NBA player said he’s not actually aware he already reached such output as fatigue began catching up with him
“I know the last two overtimes offensively, I couldn’t muster that much,” Walker admitted. “So we have to play team game.”
He also said he had nothing personal in dropping those monster numbers against the Aces, with whom he played for and even reached the semifinals of the 2014 Governors Cup.
Walker said he still has high regard for Alaska and the entire organization.
“Those guys I know they’ll come out and give it their all. I know for a fact that those guys have championship pedigree, lot of heart, courage, and fight. Kudos to them, man."
“I have nothing but respect to coach (Alex) Compton and all of those guys.”