Quantcast
Latest Stories

Blackwater drowns slumping Cebuana Lhuillier

By

Rob Celiz vs Paul Sanga and James Mangahas. Niku Sabio/PBA

MANILA, Philippines –  Blackwater enhanced its chances of keeping the second spot after beating struggling Cebuana Lhuillier 91-80 Tuesday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Trinity University of Asia gym in Quezon City.

Rob Celiz topscored with 20 points while Kevin Ferrer pumped in 17 points as the Elite gained a full-game cushion over third-placers Big Chill and Cagayan.

“Kailangan kong ma-sweep remaining games kasi pagnagtabla kami ng Big Chill, sila ang number two (We need to sweep the remaining games because if we tie with Big Chill they’ll clinch number two),” said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac.

Ferrer led Blackwater’s third-quarter push with eight points, including a trey that put them up 55-39 in the early part of the second half.

The Gems battled back thanks to a 14-0 blast to pull to within two 53-55.

But Celiz kept Cebuana Lhuillier at bay. He completed a three-point play to extend his team’s lead to nine 65-56.

Aside from the Elite’s big third quarter, Isaac also praised his players poise down the stretch.

“Start of third quarter we were able to build a 15-point lead, they came back but the players kept their composure, especially Jeric Fortuna and Robby Celiz.”

Jeric Fortuna scored four of his 11 points in the final two minutes that finally put the Gems away for good.

The Gems failed to break out of their funk even with the signing of James Martinez as their chances of making the quarterfinals took another hit.

Martinez struggled with just eight points on two-of-nine shooting from the field but part of his output was a huge four-point play that trimmed the deficit to six 75-81 nearing the final two minutes.

Fortuna countered in style, splitting the defense before nailing a jumper from mid-range followed by triple by Ian Mazo, who made all of his four treys, that sealed Blackwater’s sixth win against only two losses.

“Ang bola nasa kamay namin di namin kailangan umasa na matalo ang iba matalo sila,” added Isaac. “It’s been working very well for us.”

The Gems, led by Jopher Custodio’s 17 points, fell to 3-5.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: Basketball , Blackwater , Cebuana Lhuillier , News , PBA D-League , Sports



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement

News

  • Napoles tags over 100 officials in pork scam – Lacson
  • Vitangcol to sue Czech envoy
  • Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  • 43 out of 414 Etihad passengers yet to be found, tested for MERS-CoV – Palace
  • Sandigan junks Marcos family claim to Paoay property
  • Sports

  • Caguioa blasts ‘no heart, soft’ Ginebra on Twitter
  • San Mig Coffee grinds out win over Alaska to force decider
  • UP nips St. Benilde; Adamson blasts RTU in Filoil women’s caging
  • Kevin Garnett responds to Raptors’ GM F word
  • Albert Pujols hits 500th HR of major league career
  • Lifestyle

  • Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Bollywood Oscars, film stars come to Florida
  • Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
  • Kris Aquino backtracks, says Herbert Bautista and her are ‘best friends’
  • Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new ‘Galaxy’
  • Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in US
  • Business

  • SM to rebuild Tacloban hospital
  • PSEi slips after 4-day rally
  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM
  • McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline
  • SEC approves SM’s P15B retail bond offer
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington
  • No ordinary illness
  • Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind
  • Day of the Earth
  • When will Chinese firm deliver new coaches?
  • Global Nation

  • 19 Ukrainians, Russians, Filipinas rescued in bar raid
  • Filipinos coming home from Mideast must obtain MERS clearance – DOH
  • US Secret Service in Manila ahead of Obama visit
  • Palace thanks Estrada for successful HK mission
  • Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
  • Marketplace