MOST people might be surprised that Blackwater is now in the middle of its longest winning streak in franchise history following a 111-106 double-overtime win over Alaska on Wednesday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
But not Mike DiGregorio.
The sophomore guard said he expected the Elite to be riding high on a three-game winning streak considering how hard they prepare for games.
“I’m not surprised, not surprised at all,” the Filipino-Italian guard said. “When you put in the work, you should expect the kind of results that produce wins.”
DiGregorio’s hard work again paid off against the Aces as he registered 17 points, highlighted by three treys, two boards, and one assist, against five turnovers in almost 42 minutes as a starter.
None of his three treys was more significant than the one he drained from the left wing over a late-helping Buck Henton with a minute and three seconds left that put the Elite up for good at 107-106.
Digreogrio admitted he made a conscious effort to take matters into his own hands after a botched defensive play prior when he saw assignment JVee Casio hit his own three for the Aces.
“I knew on the previous play I helped on Banchero,” DiGregorio said. “When he kicked it out to Casio, he hit the three, and that’s my man, so I wanted to make up for it.
“I knew from the previous overtime and the fourth quarter that Henton wasn’t really showing that much on the ballscreen, so I knew if I rubbed my man off tight, I could get a clean look,” he added.
And like how he’s not surprised of team’s win streak, DiGregorio was also confident his shot would go in.
“I expect to hit that shot,” the 26-year-old cager beamed. “I put in so much work before, after practice, outside of practice, so when you put in the time and prepare, you should be confident that you’ll hit that shot.
“If it came again, I’ll shoot it again,” he added.
But with their confidence sky-high, DiGregorio his reminding himself and his teammates to stay grounded.
“We can celebrate the three wins a row today, but tomorrow, it’s on to the next one,” he said. “You got to stay focused and not be complacent or content. We got to keep going.”