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Blackwater stuns Magnolia, ends 29-game slump



The wait is finally over for Blackwater.

After more than a year of frustration, the Bossing finally arrested a long and excruciating losing skid with a morale-boosting 101-100 win at the expense of league-leader Magnolia in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.

Barkley Ebona was the man of the moment after nailing a crucial basket in the last 10 seconds of the game enough to save Blackwater from stretching its 29-game slump.

It was a perfect conference ending for the also-ran squad.

Shawn Glover led the way with 33 points, but it was the combined efforts of the locals which withstood the scary fourth quarter storm from the Hotshots.

Rookie Rey Suerte finished with 16 points and five rebounds, while JV Casio gave the Bossing a much-needed frontcourt stability to underscore his 12-point outing.

Andre Paras also delivered with career-high 12 points and two blocks.

Down 99-100 from a Mark Barocca floater, Blackwater showed composure despite Glover and Paul Desiderio missing back-to-back shots with only 17 seconds left.

The Bossing staged a perfect full-court press as Desiderio had a crucial steal at Magnolia’s inbound sequence and Casio finding an open Ebona for the go-ahead basket.

Suerte iced the game with a timely block against Jackson Corpuz, nailing a convincing win for the Ariel Vanguardia-mentored squad.

Prior to this, Blackwater’s last taste of victory was during the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup, where it registered a win back on 17 October 2020, where it registered a 98-88 win over NLEX at the Clark bubble.

Only Paul Desiderio and Richard Escoto were the remaining players from the said 2020 roster.

Barroca led Magnolia with 27 points.


The Scores:

BLACKWATER (101) – Glover 33, Suerte 16, Casio 12, Paras 12, Ebona 8, Desiderio 8, McCarthy 6, Ayonayon 6, Melton 0, Amboludto 0, Washington 0, Amer 0.

MAGNOLIA (100) – Barroca 27, Harris 21, Dionisio 14, Lee 12, Wong 7, Reavis 5, Sangalang 5, Dela Rosa 4, Brill 3, Ahanmisi 2, Corpuz 0, Escoto 0.

QUARTERS: 16-21, 48-45, 71-66, 101-100