BLACKWATER registered just two wins in 11 games in a forgettable stint in the last PBA Philippine Cup.
Now, the Elite are looking to match that first conference output and become solo leader this early in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
But the thing is, the Elite are up against heavyweight team in Barangay Ginebra as they gun for their second straight win in the 7 p.m. main tussle of an interesting double-header.
On opening day last Sunday, the Elite launched their campaign in the midseason conference with a 94-91 upending of Meralco in overtime, in a game where Mike DiGregorio and import Alex Stepheson scored 21 points and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. debuted with 20 points.
The Gin Kings are the defending champions in this conference which they won last season by beating San Miguel Beer, 4-2, with a team backstopped by Justin Brownlee.
The versatile Brownlee is back for the Gin Kings, making the league’s most popular ballclub the prohibitive favorites anew this conference.
Meralco meanwhile will continue to play without Raymond Almazan as they try to rebound from that overtime loss to the Elite and clinch their first win in the tournament.
“We understand the importance of trying to get the first win of the conference so we will give our best,” said Meralco coach Norman Black whose Bolts play Columbian Dyip in the first game at 4:30 p.m.
Seeing how the Dyip fared in their opening outing against the Alaska Aces, Black said the Bolts need to play good defense since they are facing a high-scoring team.
“The most important thing is to play good defense because Columbian is a high-scoring team,” stressed Black, adding that Almazan will be out for at least three more games.
The Dyip lost to the Aces, 98-111, on opening day last May 19, despite getting 30 points from import Kyle Baron, who also pulled down 22 rebounds.