By the numbers: Dynamic duo of Smith, Parks propel Blackwater to knockout game

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The Blackwater Elite’s hopes for its first ever Semifinals appearance is still alive after surviving a gritty Rain or Shine Elasto Painters side, 100-96, in Game 2 of their best-of-three PBA Commissioner’s Cup Quarterfinals series.

After letting the win slip out of their hands in Game 1, the Aries Dimaunahan-mentored squad made sure to learn from their mistakes and avoid a last-minute meltdown to preserve the victory.

Import Greg Smith and super rookie Bobby Ray Parks Jr. led the charge for the elite, accumulating a combined 59 of the team’s 100 points. Let’s crunch down the numbers of Blackwater’s deadly one-two punch from last night’s contest.

Smith kept his word

After a subpar performance in Game 1 where he only shot 2-of-11 from the field, Greg Smith vowed to come out more aggressive in Game 2.

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True to his word, the 28-year-old slotman was purely business since the the opening tip, pouring in 31 points on 73 percent shooting from the field (11-for-15).  He also connected on nine of his 16 trips from the foul line.

Smith also corralled 18 of the team’s 44 total rebounds, with 14 of those coming on the defensive end. He also tallied two assists, one block, and only one turnover in 38 minutes of action. His jumper with 44.7 seconds left in regulation gave Blackwater a four-point lead and some breathing room to seal the game.

Ray-Ray continues to be solid

Playing in just the second PBA playoff match of his career, freshman sensation Parks continued his stellar performance so far in the midseason tourney. The 26-year-old star came out with a much efficient game in Game 2, making 60 percent of his field goals (9-of-15) en route to a 28-point performance.

Parks did commit five turnovers, but he more than made up for it with yet another stat sheet-stuffing performance, collecting seven boards, two steals, two assists, and one block.

(Images from PBA Media Group)

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