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Blackwater tries to extend win run to 5

Surprise league-leader Blackwater aims on keeping its place at the top of the heap as it takes on yet another challenge in its hot run in the 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.

Blackwater tries to extend win run to 5
PBA BEST PLAYER. John Nard Pinto (left), shown here guarding TNT Katropa’s RR Garcia in a past game, continues to play a steady role as Blackwater’s lead playmaker in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup. Pinto averaged all-around numbers of 11.5 points, 9.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals en route to earning the nod for the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the Sept. 17 to 23.
The unblemished Elite (4-0), who remain as the only unbeaten team, shoot for a fifth straight win when they tango with NLEX (3-2) at 4:30 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum today in the opening game.

Right after, Magnolia (2-1) and Rain or Shine (0-1) go at each other at 7 p.m. in the nightcap.

People are now taking notice as Blackwater is making some serious noise.

The Elite pulled off yet another stunner last Friday, beating two-time defending champion Barangay Ginebra, 124-118, in overtime.

In its four-year stint in the league so far, Blackwater is enjoying its best start in a tournament.

Blackwater’s steady cast of Henry Walker, Mike DiGregorio, Mac Belo, Poy Erram and Alein Maliksi is making waves as they are starting to flourish together.

To date this conference, the Elite had already taken down the Gin Kings, San Miguel and TNT KaTropa, three of the perennial contenders.

It will face an NLEX side, which will welcome its head coach Yeng Guiao back in the fold.

Guiao was not present in all of the Road Warriors’ five games thus far as he serves the National Team in the past month.

NLEX will try to gain some consistency as it had split its last three games with two of those being losses.

Both the Hotshots and the Elasto Painters were coming off tough losses in their last assignments.

Magnolia was hammered by steamrolling Phoenix, 95-82, just last Sunday as it saw its two-game winning streak snapped.

On the other hand, Rain or Shine dropped its conference debut to TNT KaTropa, 110-104, in Iloilo last Saturday.

Topics: Blackwater , 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup , Henry Walker , Mike DiGregorio , Mac Belo , Poy Erram , Allein Maliksi , Yeng Guiao
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