Blackwater import Greg Smith completely outclassed Rain or Shine counterpart Carl Montgomery and imposed himself the most in the crunch as the Elite subdued the Elasto Painters, 100-96, to force a do-or-die in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals matchup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.
Smith piled up 31 points as against Montgomery’s 11, and the Blackwater burly reinforcement himself delivered the money buckets as the Elite set the deciding Game Three Thursday.
Bobby Ray Parks had his prolific game with 28 points that went with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals while Mac Belo and Mike Digregorio added 14 and 13 markers, respectively, for the Elite who avoided what could have been a sorry exit in the midseason tourney.
“The players played really, really, really well. They refused to lose tonight and didn’t want to go on vacation. That’s the commitment we all have — to make it to the next phase,” said Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan.
Smith and Parks carried much of the fight as the Elite lived to fight another game and contend for a possible first-ever PBA semifinals stint.