Effort pays off as Blackwater neutralizes Ginebra’s height advantage

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first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Erram partnered with Belo in leading Blackwater as he nabbed 22 markers, 11 boards, and four rejections in the confidence-boosting triumph.Blackwater also drew inspiration from the patients of the Hope for Lupus Foundation, an institution which the team has been advocating since last year.“We’re showing our support to those patients and we feel that we’re representing them,” said Belo as he proudly pointed out the Hope for Lupus patch seen on the team’s jerseys.Blackwater wore violet shirts as warmers for the game in effort to spread awareness on the illness and promote the Hope for Lupus Run on January 21 in SM Mall of Asia.“In our own little way, we feel that we’re able to help them. And with this win, hopefully, we’re able to bring smiles to their faces,” Belo said.ADVERTISEMENT And the Elite hope to keep on smiling as they seek to sustain this groove as the Philippine Cup progresses.“We still need to improve a lot as a team. But now, we’re able to show that we’re blending well with each other. We just need to continue this,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Pringle wants more from Globalport after first win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments It also allowed Blackwater to start the year right and continue its winning run to move up to 2-1 in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“It’s really very special win for us because this is our first game in 2018 and the moment we entered the dugout, we all felt that we wanted to win,” said Belo, who uncorked 22 points on a 4-of-7 clip from three, to go with seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe win, however, didn’t come easy as Belo and the rest of the Elite had to double or even triple their efforts just to neutralize Ginebra’s glaring size advantage.“We really doubled our effort because we’re smaller than them,” he said. “It’s a good thing that Poy (Erram) stepped up and tripled his effort against Japeth (Aguilar) and (Greg) Slaughter.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Local peace talks in Davao City may proceed – Palace PLAY LIST 01:57Local peace talks in Davao City may proceed – Palace03:36Long lines in Venezuela to pay with ‘Petro,’ the state cryptocurrency01:55Off-duty cops to report to camps on New Year’s eve to avoid indiscriminate firing02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMac Belo won’t deny that Blackwater’s 94-77 victory against Ginebra on Friday was special for a lot of reasons.For one, it’s only the Elite’s second franchise victory against the crowd favorites, and the first to come in an all-Filipino conference.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img

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