Blackwater is one of the hottest teams in the league today. Halfway through the elimination round, the Elite were able to pick up four wins while only dropping two games, earning them the share of second spot with two other teams.
And they’re looking to maintain their most impressive start in the franchise’s three-year history in the league when they take on the cellar-dwelling Mahindra for the first game of Christmas day double headers at the large stadium of Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Finally living up to their ‘Elite’ name, coach Leo Isaac is happy to witness his team blossom but is not surprised with the way they’re performing.
“Sa tatlong taon namin sa PBA, ngayon lang kami andito sa sitwasyon na nasa number two-spot kami midway through the eliminations. Parang gulong lang yan, minsan nasa ilalim, minsan nasa ibabaw. Nasa magandang pwesto naman kami ngayon. Talagang iche- cherish namin ito at talagang paghihirapan namin para makuha namin yung gusto naming marating for this conference,” said Isaac.
Through the excellent showing of Art dela Cruz, Nard Pinto, and rookie Mac Belo, Blackwater were able to collect their fourth victory against GlobalPort last Wednesday.
To extend the streak and end the 2016 in a winning note, Elite must get past the winless but brave Mahindra.
Coming off a loss against Ginebra, the Floodbuster hopes that their nine-day break is enough the energize for the match and finally grab a victory in the 3:00 p.m. setto.
Alex Mallari, the off-season recruit, continues to be the leader for coach Chris Gavina’s young squad with his double figures per outing but does not get much support from other teammates.
Despite being winless, the Mahindra side showed positive signs in their past games, particularly against the reigning champions San Miguel Beermen where they were able to go toe to toe before bowing down in a three-point loss.