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    In-form Blackwater not worried about slipping a few spots in PBA draft order

    Oct 22, 2018
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    RIDING the crest of its best conference in four seasons in the PBA, Blackwater is hardly worried about the future and is focused solely on its 2018 Governors' Cup campaign.

    Blackwater team manager Joel Co admitted the Elite aren't really stressing themselves out that the good performance in the season-ending conference may cause them to fall down a few spots down the drafting order in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.

    "No definite plans yet as of now," the amiable executive told SPIN.ph. "At present, we are focusing on our campaign in the current Governors' Cup."

    With import Henry Walker leading the fight, Blackwater is no doubt the feel-good story of the season, seeing great improvements from all over its roster bannered by JP Erram, Nard Pinto, and Paul Zamar.

    Armed with their 6-3 record and currently sitting in fifth place, the Elite have already clinched a quarterfinal berth in the season-ending conference, only their third playoff appearance since joining the league in 2014.

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      Blackwater hasn't had a winning record for a conference, making this campaign a first. It hasn't also finished better than eighth place, which it did in the same conference last season, which it is now set to eclipse.

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      Cellar-dwellers for the first two conferences, the Elite were poised to nab the top pick until their good showing in the third conference.

      Now, their selection ranges from second overall to fourth at worst, still depending on how teams like Meralco, NorthPort, and Phoenix fare at the end of the Governors' Cup.

      Co, however, said that Blackwater is treasuring what has been a breakout conference for the franchise and isn't sweating over the prospect of missing out on adding another young talent from the upcoming rookie class.

      "We are trying to maximize and take advantage of the good situation that we have now," he said.

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