Blackwater toppled Boracay Rum with a whopping 18-0 run in the final period to post a 67-56 win in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at the Fil Oil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Elite blazed with a 20-1 start to the fourth quarter overcoming a 48-40 deficit at the end of the third to improve their record to 3-1 and preventing the Waves to claim their first victory of the conference.
“We didn’t want to be the first victim,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac. “So I told the players to play hard against Boracay.”
Kelly Nabong had 26 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks as he was the main guy in that important run by the Elite, who is now tied with Big Chill for second place.
“We got lucky with Kelly. He was hitting his shots and when he is double-teamed, the guards were hitting their shots from the outside,” Isaac said.
Clark Bautista and Paul Zamar began the run with a three-pointer and a four-point play. Nabong scored a long jumper with 4:04 to play in the game for a 60-49 lead.
Boracay Rum ended the third period with a 6-0 spurt while allowing nine points to Blackwater in that juncture but were limited to eight in the fourth including a seven-minute drought without scoring a field goal.
Maclean Sabellina had 15 points while Toto Bandaying added 11 points for Boracay Rum, who remained winless in three tries.