Expansion ballclub Blackwater Sports keen to show it belongs ahead of PBA debut
Champion coach in the Developmental League, Leo Isaac hopes to steer the Elite to the quarterfinals in their first conference in the pros. Jerome Ascano 

BLACKWATER Sports coach Leo Isaac said a top eight finish is a realistic goal in the 2014 Philippine Cup.

Isaac knows expectations are low for them, being an expansion team in the pro league. But the low expectations won’t deter them from trying to leave an impressive first impression.

“Puwede, though we still need a lot of patience to get to the top eight. Basta sa amin, di kami mangangako, pero palagi lang namin gagawin ang lahat ng makakaya namin and try to get the victory every time we play,” Isaac said during Tuesday’s official Blackwater press launch at the Tao Yuan Restaurant in Ermita, Manila.

The 40th season of the PBA opens on October 19.

Veterans Eddie Laure and Paul Artadi will be leading the Blackwater squad, though Isaac expects everybody to contribute on the floor whenever their numbers are called from the bench.

Isaac mentioned that previously seldom-used players Bambam Gamalinda, Bryan Faundo, Gilbert Bulawan, Ogie Menor and Alex Nuyles have the skills to compete with elite players in the pro league.

“I have players who can provide the hustle and players na natanggal sa ibang teams who will play hard. Eh may kasabihan nga, bilog ang bola, but we will give other PBA teams a run for their money,” added Isaac.

Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy is also confident that Isaac, who played for Ginebra in the 80s and 90s, can inject the “never-say-die” spirit the Elite need to become a respectable team in the PBA.

“Coach Leo has been working with us for the last 10 years, and with his being a former Ginebra player, he can bring in the never-say-die, fighting spirit to our team in the PBA,” beamed Sy, who helped bring Asi Taulava to the Philippines via his Blu Detergent team in the now defunct Philippine Basketball League.

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