DiGregorio, Maliksi combine for 50 points to power Blackwater over Rain or Shine, 111-99

The Blackwater Elite have just tapped in PBA legend Bogs Adornado as a shooting coach.

Curiously, on Adornado’s first appearance on the Blackwater bench, the Elite showed their scoring prowess and broke into the win-column in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on a 111-99 toppling of the previously unbeaten Rain or Shine side Wednesday night at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Mike Digregorio exploded for seven three-pointers and a total of 27 points while Allein Maliksi erupted for 23 markers, including two treys, to underscore the tremendous firepower Blackwater unleashed to nail a first win in three starts in the tourney.

Adornado, a three-time PBA MVP awardee, is another addition to the Blackwater coaching staff aside from big man coach Rommel Adducul.

Averaging only 95.5 points a game on a 28.6-percent clip, the Elite showed marked improvement on offense on Adornado’s first night on the Blackwater bench.

“It’s about chemistry. We had a good bonding session going to this game. We’ve got to know each other better, and there’s a lot of motivation to come out in this game,” said Digregorio.

The scores:

Blackwater 111 – DiGregorio 27, Maliksi 23, Javier 16, Tratter 12, Belo 9, Desiderio 6, Sena 6, Sumang 4, Cortez 4, Palma 4, Alolino 0, Jose 0.

Rain or Shine 99 – Yap 20, Ahanmisi 18, Nambatac 15, Mocon 13, Daquioag 7, Ponferada 7, Torres 7, Belga 4, Maiquez 3, Borboran 3, Almazan 2, Norwood 0.

Quarterscores: 27-26, 46-53, 87-79, 111-99.

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