Blackwater closes out On Tour with a dominant win over TNT
In a significant triumph for Blackwater, Coach JEFF Cariaso secured his first win as the team’s coach, with the Bossing soundly defeating TNT Tropang Giga by a commanding score of 101-78 on the final day of the PBA On Tour at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The victory was fueled by a balanced scoring attack, with five players contributing double-digit figures, led by JVee Casio’s impressive 18-point performance. This win marked a significant milestone for Cariaso, who took charge of the team just a week ago, and it concluded the team’s preseason campaign on a high note, finishing with a commendable 7-4 record.
After the game, Cariaso expressed his satisfaction with the team’s mindset and performance, emphasizing the importance of playing every game with equal determination, regardless of the circumstances or opponents. He praised the players for their effort and dedication, and the result reflected the team’s commitment to consistency and hard work.
Finishing third in the standings, Blackwater edged out Meralco, who also achieved a 7-4 record but suffered a loss to the Bossing on July 14 (89-82). The team’s collective effort and practical three-point shooting, led by Casio’s 4-of-8 and Mike Digregorio’s 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, played a vital role in securing the victory.
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Contributions came from various players, with Ato Ular, Rashwan McCarthy, and Troy Rosario each scoring 11 points. In comparison, Mike Ayonayon and Rey Suerto added 10 points each, with Suerto also grabbing ten rebounds.
On the other hand, TNT Tropang Giga faced a tough outing, losing their last three games and finishing with a disappointing 1-10 record, putting them at the bottom of the standings. Glenn Khobuntin led the team with 14 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Blackwater’s dominant performance.
Key Players of Each Team
1. JVee Casio: Casio led the Bossing with 18 points while also making four three-pointers. He was also a key contributor on the defensive end, helping to hold TNT to just 35 points in the second half.
2. Ato Ular: Ular had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds while adding three assists and two steals. He was a force in the paint and helped stretch the floor with his three-point shooting.
3. Kevin Alas: Alas had 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists. He was a key contributor off the bench and made some big plays down the stretch.
4. Baser Amer: Amer also had 10 points, three rebounds, and two assists. He was a solid all-around player and made some big shots in the second half.
1. Glenn Khobuntin: Khobuntin led the Tropang Giga with 18 points while also grabbing five rebounds. He was a consistent scorer throughout the game and made some big plays down the stretch.
2. Jayson Castro: Castro had 11 points, three rebounds, and three assists. He was a key playmaker for TNT and made some big shots in the first half.
3. Ryan Reyes: Reyes had 10 points, four rebounds, and two assists. He was a solid all-around player and made some big shots in the first half.
Here are some other key takeaways from the game:
1. Blackwater’s balanced scoring was the key to their victory. Six players finished in double figures, which made it difficult for the Tropang Giga to defend.
2. Cariaso’s first win as Blackwater’s head coach was a big confidence boost for the team. They will now head into the Governors’ Cup with a lot of momentum.
3. TNT’s struggles continued in the preseason. The team lost its last three games, and they will need to make some changes if they want to be competitive in the Governors’ Cup.
In summary, Blackwater’s convincing win showcased their determination and ability to perform consistently. Under Coach Cariaso’s guidance, the team demonstrated a winning mindset that will undoubtedly serve them well in future competitions. With this triumph, Blackwater concluded the PBA On Tour with confidence and optimism as they looked ahead to the upcoming regular conference. The final scores for the game were 32-21, 51-43, 80-55, and 101-78 in favor of Blackwater.
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