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Blackwater shows it’s for real with OT win over injury-hit Ginebra

Blackwater shows it’s for real with OT win over injury-hit Ginebra

BLACKWATER pulled off another stunner on Friday night, beating reigning champion Barangay Ginebra, 124-118, in overtime to stay unbeaten in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The former expansion team hit one big shot after another in regulation and in overtime to pull the rug from under the injury-plagued Kings and become the unlikely conference leader with a 4-0 win-loss record.

Mike DiGregorio forced overtime by burying a trey with seven seconds left in regulation, before Henry Walker, Mac Belo and Paul Zamar hit triples in overtime to sustain the Elite’s best start in franchise history.

“It’s a miracle,” said Blackwater coach Bong Ramos. “To me, it’s a miracle getting to 4-0 and playing against Ginebra. I know Japeth (Aguilar) was not there, (Greg) Slaughter was not there. But still, they are a very strong team.”

Walker had 39 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists while Zamar had 17 points including a corner three that gave Blackwater a 122-116 lead with 44.1 seconds left in the extra period to practically seal the win.

Nard Pinto had 15 points and six assists while Belo tallied 14 points for Blackwater, which has already beaten traditional favorites TNT KaTropa and San Miguel in its dream start to the season-ending conference.

The Kings played without a handful of injured players but still looked as if they had done enough to pull off a fourth successive victory when Scottie Thompson hit a corner three for a 110-107 lead.

Justin Brownlee opened overtime with a three but Zamar, Walker, and Belo converted triples for a 119-113 lead.

Brownlee finished with 41 points, LA Tenorio added 17 points, while Aljon Mariano added 16 points for the Kings.

The scores:

Blackwater 124 – Walker 39, Zamar 17, Pinto 15, Belo 14, Erram 13, DiGregorio 10, Maliksi 6, Jose 6, Sumang 4, Cortez 0, Al-Hussaini 0, Javier 0.

Ginebra 118 – Brownlee 41, Tenorio 17, Mariano 16, Chan 14, Thompson 9, Caperal 8, Devance 7, Ferrer 6, Caguioa 0.

Quarters: 26-30; 52-55; 79-78; 110-110; 124-118.