Mike Cortez is Back to Blackwater
Will Airforce Ellis take flight again in the PBA?
Where is Chris Ellis?
Crash Landing for Ellis
Will Airforce be back?
I want to sincerely thank everyone who has shown love n concern for me! Thank you!! Im excited for what the future holds! Until we meet again!— Chris Ellis (@kingchrisellis1) November 12, 2017
It’s possible according to Blackwater’s owner
But is it needed, maybe not?
Allein Maliksi is set to get a 2-year deal worth 10 million pesos with Blackwater Elite
Christian Standhardinger picked 1st while Raymar Jose was 3rd overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.
Former King Eagle finally entering the PBA Draft after 2 years
Breaking down the numbers that doomed the Elite
Amer led the Bolts as Durham gets hurt late
However, shortly after the Bolts held an 8-point lead, the Elite went on a scoring to take the lead, at 18-18 with under 4 minutes to play, thanks to Maliksi’s 3-point play. Maliksi later added another jumper with under 2 minutes remaining in the opening quarter to increase the Elite’s lead to 5, forcing Norman Black to signal that he needed a timeout. The Bolts went 4 minutes without scoring a field goal, a spell that was only broken by Ranidel de Ocampo who went on his 5-point run to tie the score at 22 apiece with a minute to play.
ROS bench players stepped up with big production
A win by Rain or Shine on the other hand, will make things complicated for the NLEX Road Warriors because this would mean that the Road Warriors will need to win against the Star Hotshots tomorrow.
There is a lot of complications that can shake the standings especially in the Top 4. Regardless of who wins in this game, it will have a rippling effect as to who will face who come the quarterfinals.
By the time 4th quarter came around, the Elasto Painters’ offense was already despite a few more turnovers as Rain or Shine held a double-digit lead and they did it by running at every opportunity and making both inside and outside shots with complete accuracy.
The lead went up as high as 103-83 after a trey from big man Raymond Almazan with under 8 minutes to go. Almazan would later be called for a flagrant foul after hitting Walker in the face while trying to block the latter’s shot. From that point on, both teams traded made shots after made shots and, missed shots after missed and Walker was taken out of the game with under 6 minutes to play with the lead up 19.
Overall, Rain or Shine made 49% of their shots including 44% from the outside.
What exactly doomed the Elite? Bench scoring was the difference. The Elasto Painters’ bench players combined for 62 bench points and only 19 for Blackwater and they will need everyone contributing come the quarterfinals regardless of who they will face.
A Star lands on Blackwater
After close to four years Allein Maliksi will have a new team again
Chris Ellis is having the worst week of his life
Blackwater Elite continues their streak to three wins against Alaska Aces
“This victory is going to be somewhat special for us because it’s the first three-game winning streak for the franchise since entering the PBA,” said Leo Isaac”
BLACKWATER 111 – Walker 35, DiGregorio 17, Gamalinda 15, Erram 13, Canaleta 9, Cruz 8, Pinto 6, Sumang 4, Sena 2, Miranda 2, Aguilar 0, K. Pascual 0.
ALASKA 106 – Henton 31, Casio 25, Enciso 11, Banchero 10, Thoss 10, Manuel 6, Baclao 6, Galliguez 3, Exciminiano 2, Mendoza 2, Hontiveros 0, Racal 0.
Quarterscores: 25-13, 44-40, 68-60, 91-91, 97-97, 111-106.
Blackwater gets 2nd win while NLEX Gets 2nd loss
Walker, the former import of the Road Warriors scored 29 points but his defense played a big role late in the game.
BLACKWATER 107 – Sumang 32, Walker 29, Digregorio 18, Erram 8, Cruz 7, Pinto 7, Gamalinda 4, Sena 2, Miranda 0, Canaleta 0, Pascual 0.
NLEX 106 – Alas 19, Quinahan 13, Fuller 13, Al-Hussaini 11, Tiongson 11, Fonacier 10, Baguio 7, Mallari 6, Soyud 6, Monfort 5, J. Villanueva 5, Lastimosa 0.
Quarters: 32-29, 59-56, 84-86, 107-106.
Start counting the W because SMB is here to dominate again
Consider this as notice. SMB is back and they are back in championship form as they easily dismantled Blackwater Elite with the score of 118- 93.
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MERALCO 107 – Amer 20, Durham 18, Lanete 15, Dillinger 14, Newsome 13, Hodge 11, Hugnatan 4, Nabong 4, Caram 2, Yeo 2, Sedurifa 2, Faundo 2, Chua 0, Atkins 0.
BLACKWATER 78 – Simpson 25, Gamalinda 10, Sena 7, Cruz 7, Digregorio 6, Sumang 5, Erram 4, Canaleta 3, Pascual 3, Aguilar 2, Miranda 2, Banal 2, Cervantes 2, Buenafe 0, Pinto 0.
Quarterscores: 32-15, 63-34, 88-52, 107-78.
4 Key Stats Comparison
– FG in favor of Ginebra 40% against 35%
– Assist in favor of Ginebra with 25 against 19 of Blackwater
– Rebound for Ginebra 67 against 47 of Blackwater
– Points in the Paint for Ginebra with 46 against 38 of Blackwater Elite
Ginebra (96) – Brownlee 35, Tenorio 17, Aguilar 15, Mercado 9, Caguioa 8, Mariano 5, Marcelo 3, Taha 2, Cruz 2, Ferrer 0, Thompson 0, Ellis 0.
Blackwater (82) – Smith 37, Digregorio 18, Pinto 7, Pascual 5, Buenafe 4, Sena 4, Cruz 2, Gamalinda 2, Aguilar 2, Cervantes 1, Perez 0, Canaleta 0, Banal 0, Sumang 0.
Quarterscores: 22-23, 43-43, 65-62, 96-82.
MAHINDRA 96 – Celda 18, Wright 16, Khobuntin 15, Camson 9, Paniamogan 8, Corpuz 8, Caperal 6, Revilla 4, Ballesteros 4, Teng 3, Yee 3, Salva 2, Elorde 0.
BLACKWATER 87 – Smith 29, Canaleta 11, Pascual 11, Digregorio 9, Cruz 9, Sena 7, Sumang 4, Gamalinda 4, Aguilar 2, Banal 1, Buenafe 0, Pinto 0.
Quarterscores: 25-26, 48-48, 68-70, 96-87.
BLACKWATER 104 – Smith 24, Canaleta 24, Digregorio 22,Cruz 9, Pinto 7, Pascual 6, Cervantes 4, Aguilar 4, Sena 2, Gamalinda 2, Sumang 0, Buenafe 0.
NLEX 98 – Alas 18, Al-Hussaini 17, Lastimosa 10, Taulava 10, Anthony 9, Chism 9, Khobuntin 8, Camson 5, Villanueva J. 4, Monfort 4, Soyud 3, Rios 1, Tiongson 0, Guinto 0, Baracael 0.
Quarterscores: 28-17, 49-42, 86-68, 104-98
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Barangay Ginebra finally gets a back to back win this conference after beating the Blackwater Elite on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Ginebra who’s known for it’s triangle offense system has proved their championship experience after giving the Elite a beating, leading by as much as 15 points. The Elite made a run who got the 3rd deadlock of the game after being down by 15points.
After Japeth’s heart pounding exit caused by a muscle strain after a transition jam, the Ginebra squad continues to surge their way up giving the Elite no chance of getting back in the game with the help of their sophomore combo guard Scottie Thompson.
Thompson recorded another double-double performance with 13points, and an impressive 15 boards going over his conference average with 7 assists and two steals. In the absence of Aguilar, Jervy Cruz filled that big slot to man the paint and knocked those jumpers who contributed 16 points while Tenorio also contributed with 15points.
Sumang tried to save the Elite from getting an L in a Friday game contributing 20 points mostly from the perimeter while Mac Belo had a 16points outing.
It was just a month ago after the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel won their first championship in eight years and the PBA already opened it’s 42nd season. Let us examine how each team did in the offseason.
Players in: James Forrester, Dylan Ababou, Ronjay Buenafe, Raymond Aguilar
Players out: Carlo Lastimosa, Frank Golla, Mike Cortez, Almond Vosotros, Raphie Reyes, Juami Tiongson, Ronald Pascual, Roi Sumang, Jaymo Eguilos
Drafted Players: Raphael Banal, Mac Belo, Tristan Perez
The new-look Blackwater Elite team will try to improve their 7-27 (W-L) finish last season as they’ve added much talented and young players acquired through the draft, trades and free agency signings.
More than half of the team’s lineup last season were out and 2 scorers were acquired through trades namely James Forrester and Dylan Ababou. Both these players can revive their young PBA career with this team if given time.
The Blackwater Elite also picked up Ronjay Buenafe who can provide some veteran leadership and carry some scoring load for this young team and Raymond Aguilar who can help the team in rebounding and give them an inside presence.
The team drafted two young talented players with so much potential in Mac Belo and Raphael Banal who can be the face of this team and lead the Blackwater Elite to atleast their first ever playoff spot.
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Head Coach: Leo Isaac
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Globalport’s backcourt will get even deadlier with the addition of the veteran, Mike Cortez who they acquired in exchange for Ronald Pascual.
Cortez joins Joseph Yeo as a supporting players behind the starters, Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle.
Blackwater meantime will have the service of Ronald Pascual. He was a member of the college trio named Pinatubo Trio composed of him, Abueva and Sangalang.
While Abueva and Sangalang already made a name from themselves, Pascual failed to duplicate his collegiate exploits due to lack of playing time with his former teams.
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LA tenorio and the rest of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel squad struggled during the first quarter as they were outscored by the Blackwater Elite. Gin Kings, found their way back in the driver seat in the 2nd quarter as Justin Brownlee started to gain its tempo with points coming from the rest of their starting lineup with the help of their second stringers Dave Marcelo and Aljon Mariano.
Blackwater Elite still proves they deserve a win over the Kings, with the help of Carlo Lastimosa and their import Dawson as they try to get back on track and get the lead back but the Ginebra’s starters are still in full offensive mode as they maintain their lead at the end of the 2nd quarter.
Justin Brownlee banks his treys after the second half finally making it from downtown. LA tenorio also buried treys extending their lead at the 2nd half with as much as 16 points.
Smooth offense have been displayed by Ginebra as most of their players made baskets and also displayed excellent defensive stops led by Japeth Aguilar listing multiple blocks.
LA tenorio was chosen as the best player of the game with 23 points but Justin Brownlee listed a huge 27 points while Aguilar also contributed with double figures with 19 points.
Best player of the game : LA Tenorio
FINAL SCORE : 107 – 95
GINEBRA 107 – Brownlee 27, Tenorio 23, Aguilar 19, Devance 9, Marcelo 9, Mercado 7, Caguioa 6, Cruz 5, Thompson 2, Bonifacio 0, Mariano 0, Salva 0.
BLACKWATER 95 – Dawson 26, Lastimosa 21, Dela Cruz 15, Erram 13, Cervantes 8, Gamalinda 4, Pascual 4, Cortez 2, Qahwash 2, Canada 0, Reyes 0, Sumang 0, Sena 0.
Quarters: 21-23, 48-40, 74-69, 107-95