Blackwater rallies late, outmaneuvers Ginebra, 124-118
September 21, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum
by Rock Punzalan
PBA News 2018: Blackwater Elite held past Barangay Ginebra, 124-118, in overtime to lead the pack in the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup this Friday, at the Araneta Coliseum. Elite gunners Henry Walker, Paul Zamar and Mac Belo all drained clutch threes in the waning minutes to lift Blackwater past Ginebra. Walker top-scored for the Elite with 39 points, 9 dimes and 7 caroms, while Zamar chipped-in 17 points.
➤ Blackwater’s Mike DiGregorio sank a trey to force overtime, 110-110. The Elite also survived Justin Brownlee’s potential game-winner in the 4th quarter, as the latter’s jumper conked out.
➤ Despite the loss, Brownlee delivered monstrous numbers for the Gin Kings with his 41 buckets, 6 dishes and 4 steals, while LA Tenorio also added 17 markers and 5 assists.
➤ Ginebra missed the services of vital cogs Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Sol Mercado who are all nursing injuries.
➤ Blackwater is now the solo leader in the Governor’s Cup with a 4-0 win-loss slate, while Ginebra succumbed to their lone loss and dropped to 3-1.