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Blackwater banks on Mac Belo for breakthrough win

Blackwater scored a franchise first when it took down the Rain Or Shine, 92-87, in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.

It was the Elite’s first ever win over the Elasto Painters in 11 games, and their first at Cuneta Astrodome.

Mac Belo knocked down 5 triples for Blackwater. PBA Images
A healthy Mac Belo scored 25 points, spiked with 5 triples, to go with 7 rebounds.

Mike DiGregorio added 23 points, while Raymar Jose and Allein Maliksi chipped in 12 and 10.

“Nakikinig lang kami lagi kay coach na always focus on defense. Iyon talaga ang nagpanalo sa amin sa game na ito,” said Belo, who spent his rookie season mostly recovering from injury.

Blackwater’s defense in the perimeter was particularly successful as they held Rain or Shine to 29% 3-point shooting. The Elite, on the other hand, were more successful from rainbow country, connecting 40% of their attempts.

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