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7 p.m.--Blackwater vs. Magnolia
STA.ROSA, Laguna - -Nard Pinto did it again for Blackwater.
Pinto hit a back-breaking three-point shot when it mattered most as Blackwater survived a determined rally by Rain or Shine to eke out a 99-93 win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex here Sunday.
The win catalpulted Blackwater into a two-way tie for the top spot with defending champion Barangay Ginebra with 6-1 win-loss slates.
Rain or Shine, which played minus James Yap and Raymond Almazan, dropped to 0-4.
“We were really focused on getting the sixth win today and I’m happy that my players achieved it,” said Blackwater coach Bong Ramos after the game.
“They really want to get that. We controlled the game,” he added.
Blackwater led by as many as 16 points in the game, but couldn’t shake off the E-Painters until the endgame.
Pinto, the 19th overall pick from Arellano University in the 2014 PBA Draft, hit the dagger trey right after Maverick Ahanmisi put Rain or Shine within 92-94 with still 43 seconds remaining.
Pinto, whose late-game heroics in Blackwater’s wins over NorthPort and Ginebra already earned for him the PBA Press Corp “Player of the Week” honors from Sept. 19-23, finished with 16 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting in less than 20 minutes.
He also went 3/3 from the three-point range.
Michael DiGregorio topscored with 17 points and import William Henry Walker added a triple-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists for the Elite.
Ahanmisi and import Terrence Watson carried the fight for the E-Painters, who remained as one of only two winless teams.
Ahanmisi finishe with 25 points, including four triples, while Watson added 17 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.
Ed Daquioag had 14 points, four rebounds aand three asissts for Rain or Shine.
Actually, the E-Painters raced to a 10-point lead, 27-17, on two free throws by Daquioag.
But eight unasnwered points by the Elite, highlighted by back-to-back triples by Roi Sumang and Paul Zamar, kept the score close at 25-27.
The second quarter , however, was all-Blackwater show.
The Elite scored 15 points and limited the E-Painters to only two points in the first 10 minutes of the second period to open up a 42-32 lead from a 27-30 deficit.
The Elite were still up, 47-35, with 46 seconds left before intermission before Daquioag, Ahanmisi and Jewel Ponferada clustered four points to keep it manageable, 39-47.
Overall, Blackwater made 34 of 78 attempts for 43 percent compared to Rain or Shine’s 30-of-93 for 32 perent.
The Elite also made 18-of-38 (47 percent) from the three-point range against only 10-of-41 (24 percent) by Rainor Shine The scores:
Blackwater (99) -- Digregorio 17, Pinto 16, Walker 14, Maliksi 13, Zamar 11, Jose 8, Belo 6, Sena 5, Javier 4, Sumang 3, Erram 2, Cortez 0.
Rain or Shine (93) -- Ahanmisi 25, Watson 17, Daquioag 15, Ponferada 9, Torres 8, Belga 7, Borboran 5, Nambatac 4, Norwood 3, Washington 0, Tiu 0, Casino 0, Onwubere 0.
Quarterscores: 27-30, 47-39, 73-64, 99-93.