Blackwater Elite thrashes NLEX in Philippine Cup

Cebuano wingman Paul Desiderio played quality minutes in Blackwater’s 98-88 rout of the NLEX Road Warriors. / PBA

THE Blackwater Elite kept the NLEX Road Warriors winless with a 98-88 rout in the PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at the AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center in Pampanga.

Tied at 46-all at halftime, the Elite stepped on the gas pedal in the third canto and outscored the Road Warriors, 35-16, to build an 81-62 lead that proved to be insurmountable. Blackwater improved to 2-1 while NLEX remains without a victory this season at 0-3.

Don Trollano continued his fine play this season with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds while Niño Cañaleta came off the bench and flashed his vintage form with 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

The backcourt of Roi Sumang and Ed Daquioag also came off the bench and shredded NLEX’s defense as the former had 13 points, five boards and six assists while the latter had 10 points, five boards and eight assists.

Rookie Mike Ayonayon had 20 points in a career-best outing while Kiefer Ravena tallied 17 points. (JNP)


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