Blackwater Elite 92 – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 87
Mac Belo caught fire in the fourth quarter as the Blackwater Elite pulled away from the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters late in their game.
The game was a back-and-forth shootout between two teams with young guns. Rain or Shine relied on their firepower off the bench to keep in step with the Blackwater starters. Chris Tiu and Ed Daquioag combined for 27 points of the bench as they buoyed the Elasto Painters attack in the first half. Mike DiGregorio and Mac Belo were the one’s doing the damage for Blackwater to keep in step with Rain or Shine. In the fourth period, the Elasto Painters held a two-point lead when Blackwater made a run to overtake them. Raymar Jose, Allein Maliksi and DiGregorio teamed up to give the Elite a four-point lead.
Belo then scored on two straight jumpers to keep the Elite ahead. Beau Belga scored on an and-one basket inside to cut the lead down to just two points. But Belo delivered the dagger with less than two minutes left in the game. He drilled a three-pointer from the left wing to bring the lead up to five, enough to keep Rain or Shine at bay. Belo finished with 25 points on five treys while DiGregorio scored 23 with three shots from beyond the arc.
TNT KaTropa 106 – Alaska Aces 98
The TNT KaTropa played an efficient offensive game all throughout to overcome Jeron Teng’s 28-point performance and get their first win of the season.
The Alaska Aces kept in step with TNT for most of the first half as Calvin Abueva and Teng bullied their way into the paint. They took a slim lead at the end of the first period and were within two points midway through the second quarter. But Troy Rosario woke up near the end of the half. He scored 11 of TNT’s last 15 points to help the KaTropa build a nine-point lead heading into half time. They kept Alaska at bay for the rest of the game as Rosario and Jayson Castro torched the Aces defense.
Alaska couldn’t get back in the game as their three-point shot was missing. They hit only 7/27 three-pointers and couldn’t find their range all game. In contrast, the KaTropa hit 10 shots from beyond the arc to keep the defense honest. Rosario scored 21 points and hit five shots from outside. Castro had 18 points, six boards and six assists. Jeron Teng led the Aces in scoring. He also had 10 boards, five assists and four steals in the loss.