Young playmaker Roi Sumang sustained his brilliance in the endgame as Blackwater claimed the scalp of NLEX, 107-106 in the main game of the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
- Career effort: Sumang seemed to have finally found a home at Blackwater since being kept in the freezer at GlobalPort last season. And he repaid the playing time he got from coach Leo Isaac by banging a PBA career-high 32 points, lacing it with 5 triples. His fifth triple in fact gave Blackwater a 107-101 cushion with 2:30 to go. The former University of the East standout, who stands just 5-7, also made a crucial block on Mallari, while trying to go for a fastbreak layup late in the game.
- Blown chances: NLEX had a chance to win the game, but Larry Fonacier’s corner jumper with a second left went hard off the iron, allowing Blackwater to walk away with its first back-to-back wins for the conference. NLEX fell to 5-2 for solo fourth spot, behind Star’s 3-0 card, Meralco (5-1) and Ginebra (3-1). Blackwater improved to 2-3 overall.
- Relying on threes: The Elite, who improved to 3-0 this season in their head-to-head with the Road Warriors, finished the game with a franchise-record 17 three-point shots. Import Henry Walker, Sumang and guard Mike DiGregorio combined for 14.
- Defense did the trick: Blackwater’s pesky defense forced NLEX to turn the ball over 23 times.
- Blackwater’s other top guns: Walker, playing in just his second game for Blackwater since replacing Trevis Simpson, scored 29 points, hauled down 15 rebounds and issued six assists. DiGregorio added 18 points.
- NLEX’s ace: Kevin Alas registered a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds in the team’s losing effort, while import Aaron Fuller had a quiet offensive night of just 13 markers and 11 boards.
- Quote of the match: “Henry Walker confinues to be the inspiration for the whole team. Everything is on the next level, their attitude, their confidence, the togethernes of the players.”
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