Blackwater Elite 94 – Meralco Bolts 91
The Blackwater Elite continues to find heroes in their surprising run in the Governor’s Cup. Against the Meralco Bolts, it was Paul Zamar that delivered the biggest shot of the game. The guard, signed by the team last May showed once again why he belongs PBA. Zamar came off the bench to score 13 points. Walker led the Elite with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
With less than 12 seconds left on the clock, the Meralco Bolts were playing pressure defense trying to force a turnover. John Pinto got free of the Bolts defense and dribbled to the top of the key. He found Zamar wide open in the left wing. Zamar calmly launched a three-pointer over the outstretched arms of Anjo Caram. The ball went straight through to give the Elite a three-point lead with 7.9 seconds left. The Bolts missed their final attempt as the Elite stole a win.
Blackwater needed to come back from nine points down midway through the quarter. Ken Bono came off the bench to give the Bolts a lift. His corner jumper with less than six minutes left in the game gave Meralco an 80-71 lead. That’s when the Elite made their run. They went on a 10-2 as Mac Belo, Walker and Zamar attacked the hoop relentlessly. Both teams traded baskets as the game stayed tight until Zamar’s game-winner.
Barangay Ginebra 106 – NLEX Road Warriors 92
Barangay Ginebra made sure that Mark Caguioa’s historic night would be one to remember. Caguioa joined the 10,000 Point Club of the PBA as Ginebra dominated the NLEX Road Warriors. The Spark played a crucial role for the undermanned Barangay. He started at shooting guard and finished with 16 points. Justin Brownlee led the way with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
Ginebra used an explosive 40-point third quarter to pull away from the Road Warriors. After Aaron Fuller gave the Road Warriors a three-point lead early in the third period, Ginebra went on a 9-0 blast highlighted by Justin Brownlee’s poster jam on Fuller. That gave the Barangay some breathing room. But they weren’t done yet. After two Fuller freebies, LA Tenorio, Aljon Mariano and Caguioa teamed up to go on a 10-0 run to go up by double-digits. They continued to rain buckets on the Road Warriors and built a lead as big as 24 points.
With the outcome secured in the final minutes of the game, Caguioa came back in to get the final two points he needed to reach the milestone. He missed his first attempt, a driving layup. But near the one minute mark, Caguioa finally got the points he needed. He was drifitng along the right wing when Scottie Thompson found him on a reset. Caguioa, just like he’s done coutless times before, rose for a midrange jumper. The shot fell through, giving him 10,000 points for his career.