Bobby Ray Parks rediscovered his shooting touch and Blackwater was all the better because of it.
Parks notched a new career-high 29 points in leading the Elite to a 132-106 romp over the hapless NLEX Road Warriors Saturday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
The win in the Petron Blaze Special was Blackwater’s second straight, giving it a 5-1 slate overall that broke it out of its leadership tie with idle NorthPort, while dealing NLEX its fifth loss in as many games.
Its total output and winning margin were both the highest in franchise history and its 132 points is now the most for the season.
“We really prepared hard for this game because we wanted to take care of business tonight,” said Elite coach Aris Dimaunahan after the game which saw his team take control early, showed poise in the face of a spirited comeback by NLEX before pouring it on even more for the runaway win.
“We don’t want to be too much in cloud nine with those four wins we had,” added Dimaunahan.
Blackwater 132 – Parks 29, Stepheson 21, Maliksi 21, Belo 14, Digregorio 11, Al-Hussaini 8, Alolino 8, Tratter 6, Cortez 5, Sena 3, Salem 3, Sumang 2, Desiderio 1, Dario 0,
NLEX 106 – Mitchell 27, Baguio 19, Tiongson 14, Ighalo 10, Monfort 8, Quinahan 8, Galanza 6, Rios 5, Soyud 5, Erram 4, Taulava 0, Varilla 0, Paredes 0, Paniamogan 0, Lao 0.
Quarterscores: 33-19, 63-53, 93-80, 132-106.