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    Greg Smith confident Blackwater can pull off victory in rubber match

    Jul 23, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    GREG Smith simply wasn't ready to come home.

    “Just came in the game focused. We weren’t ready to come home," the hulking import said after Blackwater outduelled Rain or Shine, 100-96, to send their PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinal series to a deciding Game Three.

    "If we had lost tonight, we rather go out and play our hearts out tonight and luckily, the ball came to our favor. I was aggressive. It’s a great win. I’m very proud of this.”

    The former NBA player scored 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and grabbed 18 rebounds as he atoned for his performance in Game One, where he scored 16 points but made just two of 11 shots.

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    Before rejoning Blackwater, Smith played in Puerto Rico where he lost a do-or-die game- a defeat which he said drove him to play like there's no tomorrow even after suffering an ankle injury early in the fourth quarter.

    He vowed to have that same mentality on Thursday night in the do-or-die Game Three.

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    “I played in one do-or-die game in my whole life, and that was before I came here. It was in Puerto Rico and we lost. I’m very hungry for this game on Thursday. I’m going to come in as hard as I can, be aggressive. We want it. They want it. It’s going to be a great game.

    “I feel like we have the edge if we can continue to play our basketball, play up tempo, play defense. I’m ready. I’m excited already. I wish it would start tomorrow,” said Smith.

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