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Elite topples E-Painters in PBA


The Blackwater Elite have just tapped in PBA legend Bogs Adornado as a shooting coach and on his first appearance last night on the Blackwater bench, the Elite broke into the win-column in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on a 111-99 taming of the previously unbeaten Rain or Shine last night at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Mike Digregorio exploded for seven three-pointers and a total of 27 points while Allein Maliksi erupted for 23 markers, including two treys, to underscore the tremendous firepower Blackwater unleashed to nail a first win in three starts in the tourney.

Adornado, a three-time PBA MVP awardee, is another addition to the Blackwater coaching staff aside from big man coach Rommel Adducul.

Averaging only 95.5 points a game on a 28.6-percent clip, the Elite showed marked improvement on offense on Adornado's first night on the Blackwater bench.

"It's about chemistry. We had a good bonding session going to this game. We've got to know each other better, and there's a lot of motivation to come out in this game," said Digregorio.

Maliksi was thankful to his teammates for letting him to lead.

A lot of positives came out in their game against the E-Painters whom they torched with a solid 44-percent shooting, including 13 conversions from beyond the arc.

Before this game, the E-Painters were the best defensive team in the tourney, giving away only 83 points per game.

The E-Painters did well in the first half before a defensive slide in the second half.

Trailing 46-53 in the first half, the Elite zoomed ahead, 83-79, in pounding the E-Painters, 37-26, in the third period.

Then the Elite refused to slow down, leading by as many as 18 at 106-88 to notch their first win after back-to-back losses to NorthPort and Meralco.

Rain or Shine, meanwhile, suffered a first loss after winning its first two games against NLEX and Barangay Ginebra.

Ironically, the E-Painters went down beaten in Raymond Almazan's first game in the season.

Chris Javier led the charge for the Elite in the first half and finished with a rare double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

James Yap, Maverick Ahanmisi and Rey Nambatac led the losing team with 20, 18 and 15 markers, respectively.*pba.ph


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