Blackwater got back on track in the PBA On Tour after keeping Terrafirma winless, 100-94, Wednesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Bossing unloaded 31 points in the third canto for an 84-73 lead entering the final period, and would remain in control since then as they found redemption after a 117-83 humiliation at the hands of Magnolia last Sunday.
“That was really our objective: to bounce back after a bad loss,” said acting head coach Joe Silva. “We have to get used to the fact that any adversity, we have to pull through, we have to stay together.
“Dati, sinasabi nila, after a big loss like that, tuloy-tuloy na. Pero we found a way to bounce back, we found a way to stick together,” he added.
Troy Rosario led the way with 20 points and five rebounds. Rashawn McCarthy backed him up with 13 points, five rebounds, and seven assists.
RK Ilagan served 12 points, while Baser Amer and Mike Ayonayon added 11 and 10 markers, respectively as five scored in double figures in the win.
Blackwater, who’s still waiting for chief mentor Jeff Cariaso to arrive from the States, will next face NorthPort on June 9 at the same venue.
Juami Tiongson led Terrafirma with 22 points in their second defeat in as many games. They lost their On Tour debut to Converge, 119-82, last Friday.
Allen Mina had 19 points. Andreas Cahilig tallied a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds while Ed Daquioag chipped in 12 for the Dyip, who led by as many as eight points, 64-56, during the third canto.
Coach Johnedel Cardel’s wards actually had a 54-53 edge entering the break after outscoring their foes, 31-29, in the second period, only to allow Blackwater to drop 31 on them as well in the following period.
Terrafirma will play TNT on Wednesday, June 7, at 5 p.m. also at Ynares Pasig in an attempt to break through in the preseason tourney.
Blackwater 100—Rosario 20, McCarthy 13, Ilagan 12, Amer 11, Suerte 9, Ular 8, Hill 6, DiGregorio 5, Casio 3, Sena 2, Taha 1, Publico 0.
Terrafirma 94—Tiongson 22, Mina 19, Cahilig 16, Daquioag 12, Go 8, Ramos 5, Alolino 4, Alanes 3, Gomez de-Liano 3, Grospe 2, Taladua 0.
Quarterscores: 24-23, 53-52, 84-73, 100-94.