ROI Sumang and Rayray Parks hit the biggest baskets in overtime to lead Blackwater to a 104-99 win over Magnolia on Friday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Sumang scored seven straight points when Blackwater started to pull away from an 87-87 deadlock at the end of regulation while Parks hit a three-pointer from way out that proved the final nail in Magnolia's coffin.
The win enabled the Elite to end a two-game losing skid and strengthen their hold of third place on a 6-3 (win-loss) card. It also benefited NorthPort which is now assured of a twice-to-beat spot in the quarterfinals.
Magnolia saw its five-game win streak come to an end, dropping to 5-3 heading to its match against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.
“Sobrang close ‘yung game, never sila bumitaw. They stuck to the game plan on both ends of the floor," said Blackwater interim coach Aris Dimaunahan. “We are so happy to get our sixth win. It feels good to finally get a win after two games na tambak kami.”
Michael DiGregorio scored 15 points including a three that gave Blackwater an 84-80 lead with 1:24 left in regulation. Fouls, however, cost the Elite as Magnolia import James Farr and Paul Lee hit the free throws that tied the game.
Allein Maliksi added 14 points for Blackwater while new import Staphon Blair marked his debut with 14 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks.
Lee contributed 25 points, six rebounds, and eight assists to lead Magnolia while Farr had 23 points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks in the defeat.
Blackwater 104 – Sumang19, DiGregorio 15, Maliksi 14, Blair 14, Parks 11, Belo 9, Al-Hussaini 9, Alolino 5, Cortez 4, Sena 4, Banal 0.
Magnolia 99 – Lee 25, Farr 23, Jalalon 14, Barroca 13, Brondial 6, Sangalang 4, Dela Rosa 4, Melton 4, Pingris 3, Herndon 2, Pascual 2, Simon 0.
Quarters: 23-23; 39-43; 61-61; 84-84; 104-99.