Blackwater lost to lower-ranked Rain or Shine in Game 1 on their best-of-three quarterfinal series in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Saturday night at the MOA Arena.
The Elasto Painters went on a closing 11-0 tear to turn an 8-point deficit, 72-80, with only 1:32 remaining into a 83-80 win. Rey Nambatac capped the late surge with a clutch trey to seal the win and the 1-0 series lead.
Returning Elite import Greg Smith rued his team’s endgame collapse and pinned it on lack of discipline.
“It was a really tough loss. They came out, they played hard, we missed a couple of shots that last minute. Kinda played undisciplined,” said the 28-year old American after the match. “A couple of turnovers, not making the right decision on defense.”
For his part, Smith vowed to bounce back after the 6-foot-10 former NBA player finished with a below average 16 points on a paltry 2 of 11 shooting from the field.
“I’ll be more aggressive and I’ll make those shots. Back to practice, back to scouting and get ready for next game. I’ll be ready.”
With the franchise’s best-ever conference already on the line going into Game 2, Smith is extremely confident that the Elite can pull off back-to-back wins and eventually book a semifinals ticket.
“Am I confident? One-hundred, twenty-percent confident we can win Game Two and Game Three. I’ll put my life on it.”