As Barako finally ends dry spell, pressure continues to mount for winless Blackwater
Blackwater alternate governor Wilbert Loa says management is keeping fate on the winless Elite. Snow Badua

OFFICIALS of Blackwater admitted the pressure to win in its maiden PBA season is starting to mount especially after Barako Bull scored an 87-71 win over KIA Motors on Sunday.

Wilbert Loa, the alternate board governor of the expansion franchise, felt a win or two is needed to get the Elite’s campaign going and, hopefully, stay in the hunt for a playoff berth right in their first conference in the pro league.

“Siyempre may pressure kami, kasi we need to at least have one or two wins, ilang games na lang ang natitira sa amin,” said Loa, a longtime friend and business partner of Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy.

The Elite has opened the season with six straight losses under comebacking PBA coach Leo Isaac, but Loa said Blackwater remains all-out in supporting Isaac and the entire team.

“We’re doing our best for the game (against Purefoods Star). Tinitingnan ng mga coaching staff yung errors ng mga players, but at least we will try our best, sana makakuha ng panalo,” he said.

After Tuesday’s crucial tiff against the Hotshots, the Elite next face Asi Taulava and the NLEX Road Warriors on Friday at the Ynares Center, Antipolo, followed by Barako Bull (Nov. 26), and Talk ‘N Text in Binan, Laguna (Nov. 29), before closing the elimination round against San Miguel Beer on Dec. 9.

The top two teams after the elimination round earn automatic semifinal slots, while the teams seeded third to 10th play in the quarterfinals.

Teams seeded no. 3 to 6 enjoy a twice-to-beat edge over teams ranked 7 to 10.

The last two teams will be eliminated.

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