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PBA: Blakely back as Blackwater pounces on import-less Magnolia

/ 09:50 PM October 16, 2019

Marqus Blakely back for Blackwater. PBA IMAGES

ANTIPOLO–Blackwater pounced on its foe’s gaping hole in the middle for a 95-89 nipping of defending champion Magnolia in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Ynares Center here.

Import Marqus Blakely not only took advantage of a sidelined counterpart Romeo Travis but also repaid the team’s decision to put him back in action in lieu of Aaron Fuller by posting a team-best 21 points to go with 13 rebounds.

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Mac Belo, meanwhile, paced the locals with 20 points built on a highly efficient shooting clip (7-for-9).

Magnolia got the goods from Paul Lee who fired 26 points.

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Ian Sangalang tossed in 12 more while Rome dela Rosa 11 in the skid, which began in the game against Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel, the same match where Travis hurt his ankle.

Blackwater, which improved to 2-3, returns to the same venue in a clash against 3-2 Meralco this Friday.

Magnolia, meanwhile, looks to arrest its two-game slide when it plays crowd darling Barangay Ginebra, which sits at 2-2, Sunday at the fabled Big Dome.

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