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After pulling off a stunner against Star Hotshots, Blackwater import Eric Dawson credited their team effort.

Struggling with his shots, Dawson helped Blackwater get their first win at the expense of Hotshots, 100-98, in the Governors’ Cup with his game-winning bucket inside the paint.

“It’s always good to beat a powerhouse,” said the 6-foot-7 import. “It says something about our team. It was a great outcome for us.

Dawson shot a woeful 5-of-13 from the field, but more than made up for it after sinking an up-and-under shot that sealed the deal on their surprising win.

“It’s going to give us confidence,” said Dawson, who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

“But we can’t just go out for one win. We still have nine more games and I’m sure there’s a lot more competition out there, too, so we just got to build from this win and see if we can get better as a unit,” he continued.

Dawson got help from fellow big man JP Erram, who got 16 markers alongside the game-saving block while guard Jerick Canada chipped in another 14 points.

“It’s great. They stepped up when I wasn’t on the court. But no matter if I didn’t score (enough), I’m still glad we got the win,” he said on his teammates. – By Jason Mercene

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