Blackwater Elite ended its losing streak at the expense of the Magnolia Hotshots, 104-99 in overtime in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday.
Blackwater raised its record to 6-3 after a two-game slide, while Magnolia, which entered the game with a five-game winning streak, slid to 5-3.
The result assured idle NorthPort (8-2) a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.
Roi Sumang lifted the Elite in the fourth and overtime period where he poured in 19 points, while Ray Parks Jr., despite having an off night, knocked down a clutch three for Blackwater to make it 99-93 with 47 seconds to go.
Parks finished with 11 points on 2-of-12 shooting from the field, Mike Digregorio had 15 points on a 50-percent clip from the field, with three rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Allein Maliksi and new import Staphon Blair made 14 points apiece, with the latter also contributing 14 rebounds, and five blocks in 36 minutes of play.
Magnolia’s loss spoiled the historic night of Paul Lee, who now has 5,000 career points, becoming the 92nd player in league history to have such. Lee finished with 25 points, eight assists, and six rebounds to lead the way for the Hotshots as James Farr had 23 points, 20 rebounds, four blocks, an assist, and a steal.
BLACKWATER 104 – Sumang 19, Digregorio 15, Maliksi 14, Blair 14, Parks 11, Belo 9, Al-Hussaini 9, Alolino 5, Cortez 4, Sena 4, Banal 0.
MAGNOLIA 99 – Lee 25, Farr 23, Jalalon 14, Barroca 13, Brondial 6, Sangalang 4, Dela Rosa 4, Melton 3, Pingris 3, Herndon 2, Pascual 2, Simon 0.
Quarter scores: 23-23, 39-43, 61-61, 84-84, 104-99.