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    Mike DiGregorio likes Blackwater's present - and thrilled for its future

    Feb 16, 2018
    MIke DiGregorio paced Blackwater with 21 points against KIA. Jerome Ascano

    MIKE DiGregorio is the man with the hot hands for Blackwater, but he's quick to deflect the credit.

    The in-form sniper fired 14 of his 21 points in a pivotal third quarter on Friday night in Blackwater's 95-76 win over a hapless KIA side, a fitting follow-up to his 26-point explosion in a 106-96 upset win over San Miguel just days ago.

    Still, the Fil-American said just about anyone can come up with big numbers on any given night in a Blackwater team that over the last three years has gained a lot of depth in all positions with players like Mac Belo, Allein Maliksi, and Poy Erram.

    “We have a lot of good players, the last two games were my night, the next two could be Allein’s (Maliksi) night, Mac’s (Belo) night. Mac’s averaging like 18 a game this conference. Poy (Erram) has been a beast and he’s playing great every single game," DiGregorio said.

    "It just so happened that I have the hot hand the last two games,” he added.

    DiGregorio, who went 8-of-15 from the field while adding three boards and three assists to his name, is thrilled to see Blackwater stay in the hunt for playoff spots at 4-5 (win-loss).

    But more than that, he's excited about the future of the franchise.

    The Elite management, DiGregorio said, have quietly built a competitive roster since joining the league as an expansio team back in 2014 and it's now time to repay its effort.

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    “It’s really important to give back to our management and our coaches. I think we have a great team. I think Poy is a great player, Mac Belo, Allein ... we have great role players, we have veterans,” Di Greogio said.

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      “It’s insensitive not to give back to the management and hopefully we can keep this group together. I really want us to stick together and build because I believe we can do great things,” he added.

      With two games remaining,  Di Greogio is positive that they can make a late push and squeeze into the playoff picture.

      The good thing for him is that their fate is in their hands.

      “I think our chances are great. We hold our own destiny if we take care of business. The job’s not done. We took care of our first game, but the job’s not done. We take care of the next two then there won’t be any problem. It’s not like we’re waiting for somebody else to lose, our fate is in our hands. We take care of business, we have a great chance.”

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