Elite destroy Dyip.
BLACKWATER is getting hotter in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Elite clinched their third straight win as they beat Columbian Dyip behind a strong finish, 118-110, and seized the solo lead in the midseason conference on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Import Alex Stepheson, Bobby Ray Parks Jr and Mac Belo provided the points that mattered most as the Elite sustained their hot start rarely seen in them since entering the pro league.
The hard-working Stepheson finished with 26 points and grabbed 21 rebounds and was also there to help steer the Elite out of harm’s way in a game that was close from start until the last four minutes.
Kyle Barone, who led the Dyip with 21 points and 14 rebounds, kept Columbian within striking distance at 106-105, after sinking a triple with four minutes left.
It proved to be the Dyip’s last stand as the Elite decked them with a telling 10-to-nothing run ignited by Stepheson’s basket and capped by Belo’s three-point shot.
The scoring run put the Elite beyond reach, 116-105, with only 46 seconds left.
Parks was easily the brightest among the Blackwater locals, tallying 23 points, five rebounds and five assists in another remarkable performance in the pro league.
Belo and Allein Maliksi chipped in 19 points each while Roi Sumang added 11 points as the Elite sent the Dyip cascade to their third straight loss.
“The challenge was really to get this win,” said Blackwater interim coach Aris Dimaunahan.
“I reminded the guys that we have to take care of business from the get go until the final buzzer,” added Dimaunahan.
The Elite did just that, knowing full well how dangerous the Dyip are.
“We know for a fact that Columbian can win games here. If you slack against them, they’re going to step on you. Congratulations to our guys for not letting that happen,” said Dimaunahan.
Blackwater (118) - Stepheson 26, Parks 23, Belo 19, Maliksi 19, Sumang 11, Digregorio 9, Tratter 5, Al-Hussaini 2, Javier 2, Alolino 2, Cortez 0, Sena 0, Banal 0, Dario 0.
Columbian (110) - Barone 21, McCarthy 20, Perez 17, Khobuntin 10, Celda 10, Camson 7, Cabrera 6, Escoto 6, Faundo 4, Calvo 4, Cahilig 3, Corpuz 2, Gabriel 0.
Quarterscores: 28-26, 57-54, 89-79, 118-110.