Terrence Romeo may have won the individual battle against his fellow former FEU Tamaraw, but Mac Belo had the last laugh as Blackwater Elite picked up the 99-91 win over the Globaport Batang Pier.
For the first two quarters, both teams played hot-potato with the lead trading leads with one run after another. Terrence Romeo paced the Batang Pier with 16 points in the first half, but with his teammates struggling to shoot the ball, Blackwater managed to squeeze through the first half with a single point lead .
It was in the third quarter that BlackWater began to pull away. Mac Belo provided his usual consistent offense and led his team with 20 points and 6 rebounds in the game. Trouble began to brew for Globalport when Stanley Pringle was slapped with his second Flagrant Foul 1 after stepping into the landing spot of Mac Belo taking a three pointer. Pringle left the game with only 14 points and 4 rebounds.
While Globalport tried to mount a comeback in the fourth, Blackwater’s gunners were at the wait for the shootout that ensued. With Terrence Romeo shooting blanks and getting blocked, he resorted to dishing out dimes to his teammates, finding Von Pessumal for threes on a couple of occasions. But Mac Belo, being Mac Belo, would have none of it, as he answered with a three of his own to give Blackwater a bigger cushion going into the final minutes.
On the drive, with 1:14 left in the game, Romeo found Nino Canaleta in the left corner who shook off his defender with a pump fake and sank the three pointer. But at the other end, Shej Roi Sumang, a former Batang Pier, drained another three for BlackWater, creating an 8 point hole for Globalport to dig out of in less than a minute. They would be unable to recover from the hole.
Terrence Romeo finished the game with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists, a near triple-double performance coming with a GlobalPort loss that puts them at 3-2.
BlackWater Elite improves their ranking to 4-2 at solo second place.