Blackwater leaned on the timely hits of Allein Maliksi, Ray Parks and Roy Sumang in overtime as the Elite outlasted the previously streaking Magnolia Hotshots, 104-99, to improve to 6-3 and formally clinch a ticket to the next round of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Sumang scored 7 straight points after a Maliksi triple to start hostilities in the extra period and give Blackwater a comfortable 7-point spread, 94-87. Magnolia import James Farr rattled off 4 straight points to close the gap to a manageable 3 points, 94-91. Maliksi and Mark Barroca then traded baskets before Parks buried a triple which proved to be the final nail on the coffin for the Hotshots.
The win snapped the 2-game slide of the Elite and more importantly gave the Dioceldo Sy-owned franchise a seat in the next round. The loss, on the other hand, broke the 5-game win streak of the Hotshots which dropped to 5-3 heading into its game against Brgy. Ginebra on Sunday, July 7.
“Sobrang close yung game, never sila bumitaw. They stuck to the game plan on both ends of the floor. We are so happy to get our sixth win. It feels good to finally get a win after two games na tambak kami,” exclaimed Elite interim coach Aris Dimaunahan.
Sumang paced Blackwater with 19 points and a team-high 6 assists while Mike DiGregorio added 15 markers. Maliksi and Parks finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively. New import Staphon Blair debuted with 14 points, 14 boards and 5 rejections.
Paul Lee led the Hotshots with team-highs of 25 points and 8 assists while James Farr added a double-double of 23 points and 20 rebounds.
Blackwater 104 – Sumang 19, Digregorio 15, Maliksi 14, Blair 14, Parks 11, Belo 9, Al-Hussaini 9, Alolino 5, Cortez 4, Sena 4, Banal 0.
Magnolia 99 – Lee 25, Farr 23, Jalalon 14, Barroca 13, Brondial 6, Sangalang 4, Dela Rosa 4, Melton 3, Pingris 3, Herndon 2, Pascual 2, Simon 0.
Quarterscores: 23-23, 39-43, 61-61, 84-84, 104-99