Blackwater seems to be serious about turning its fortunes around and its image.
Bossing Philippine Cup champions TNT, 85-78, returned to veteran captain JV Casio at a cardiac showdown at the Yanares Center in Antipolo City on Friday.
JV Casio scores the last seven points of the bassing, helps them get out of the 78-all stalemate and then claims a win that eliminates the possibility of Trapang Giger coming back which should be a good start for the franchise.
“It simply came to our notice then. It’s not every day that you lose to a champion team. If we had played them 10 times, maybe we would have beaten them once, “said coach Ariel Vanguardia after the game.
Bossing won just one game last season, ending an unpleasant 29-game recession in two years and then cutting off off-season promising changes in the franchise in hopes of burning his whip boy label.
And while Bossing couldn’t pick a better way to start reformatting their image, Trappang pushed Giga who was still without valuable guard Mickey Williams.
But Casio immediately placed the victory in perspective.
“It’s a good win against a very good team, but it’s just a game. We still have a long way to go, “said the experienced playmaker, who led all scorers with 22 points, four assists and four rebounds.
Blackwater also draws admirable performances from ragtag tag crews, both old and new. Mango of the bus finished with 11 points. James Cena, Youssef Taha, and second-round pick Ato Ular also finished in double figures for the bassing, who are still without No. 1 overall pick and projected franchise savior Brandon Ganuelas-Rossar.
Rosar is expected to be fit for Blackwater’s fourth game.
Roger Pogoy finished with 32 points, while only Poy Erram and Jason Castro reached double figures with 10 points as the current conference champions are down to 1-1. Trapang Giga was isolated by their three-point shooting, making -29 (13.8 percent) for just 4 from deep.
“It’s huge. It’s really huge,” Vanguardia said of Joy, which he created as a distraction.
‘A little lucky’
In the third period, Blackwater led the star-studded TNT by 13 points, 64-51.
“Of course, we are a bit lucky. Looks like we played a small TNT team in preparation. Maybe their mentality is still there [Southeast Asian Games]Vanguardia said. “It’s really better to play this early than when they’re desperate to win.”
“I’m sure their drama would have been completely different,” he added.
But things are going to be a bit difficult for Blackwater, with Governors Cup champion Barange Genebra coming on Sunday.
“We have another champion team [to play] On sunday. Restless. This is PBA. It’s the best of the best, “he said.
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