Blackwater takes top spot with win over NLEX, TNT knocks down San Miguel

Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. led the Blackwater Elite to the top. He powered the Elite to a win over the NLEX Road Warriors, 110-97. That’s Blackwater’s second straight win and fifth in six games. They take the top spot. The Road Warriors stay winless in five games.

The Elite exploded for 132 points in the game, shooting 56% from the field and 52% from beyond the arc. They nailed 13 treys, had 29 assists and only 14 turnovers. Their offense was on point as seven players scored eight points or more. Five players got to double figures with three scoring more than 20 points.

Parks scored 29 points on 52% shooting. He also had five assists and two steals. Alex Stephenson scored 21 points and 17 rebounds. Allein Maliksi came off the bench to score 21 points on 63% shooting. Mac Belo added 14. Cyrus Baguio scored 19 points for NLEX.

Blackwater scored at least 30 points in all four quarters of the game. Parks and Stephenson carried the offense in the first period when they pushed Blackwater ahead by 14 points. They kept the lead at safe levels all throughout the first half, leading by 10 heading into the break.

The Elite blew the game wide open midway through the final period. They jumped out on a 23-4 run with Parks, Belo and Maliksi scoring bucket after bucket. Matt Salem nailed a three-pointer to put the Elite up by 30. The game was over at that point.

In the second game, the TNT KaTropa kept the San Miguel Beermen winless. TNT jumped to their fourth win with a 110-97 decision over San Miguel. TNT rises up to 4-1 while San Miguel falls to 0-2.

Terrence Jones continued his rampage this conference with 30 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, two steals and five blocks. RR Pogoy added 15 points while Don Tollano and Troy Rosario added a combined 30 points from off the bench. Charles Rhodes led the Beermen with 20 points and 11 boards.

TNT erupted for 35 points in the first period while limiting San Miguel to just 20 points. They never looked back from that point.

RR Pogoy nailed two straight three-pointers to power an 11-2 run that gave the KaTropa a double-digit lead. They went on another 13-1 run near the end of the period, this time led by Jones who scored six points during that run on two threes. That gave TNT a 20-point lead. They settled for a 15-point lead after the first period.

San Miguel tried to make a comeback in the final period, cutting the lead down to just eight points. But Anthony Semerad nailed a big three-pointer and Jones hammered home the win with a strong slam.