Roi Sumang and import Marqus Blakely joined hands in leading Blackwater's blazing fourth-quarter assault as the Elite finally entered the win column by manhandling NorthPort, 107-98, in their Petron Saturday Special PBA Governors' Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Sumang fired 11 of his 14 points in the second half, while Blakely provided the energy and hustle to help the Elite erect a 94-76 bubble midway in the final period.
Rookie Bobby Ray Parks was also a steady force for the Elite, firing a team-high 21 points, spiked by four triples, to go along with four rebounds and two steals.
The Batang Pier tried to stage a last-ditch rally, narrowing the gap at 98-105 on a two-point baske. But the Elite just managed to milk the clock on the way to snapping a two-game slide to start the conference.
"We're definitely hungry for the win. We've been working hard and it feels great to get win," said Parks, who earned Best Player of the Game honors.
The 6-foot-4 Parks, who seemed to have hurt his rib after a collision with Kevin Ferrer in the third quarter, managed to come back and finish the game for the Elite.
"We're a young team, but for us, each win, each stride forward is a big achievement for us. We just want to get better each day," he added.
Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan said he's happy to see the Elite play much better on the defensive end after holding the Batang Pier below the century mark.
"In the first two games, we gave up about 125 points (on average). But now this is way lower than that. I commended the guys for playing hard from the get-go," said Dimaunahan, whose team opened the conference with a 28-point beating to TNT and a six-point loss to NLEX.
Blakely finished with a near quadruple-double effort of 13 points, 14 rebounds, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.
Carl Bryan Cruz added 16 points and five rebounds, while Mike DiGregorio chipped in 14 for Blackwater.
Meanwhile, Mychal Ammons saw his 29-point, 17-rebound effort went for naught as the Batang Pier dropped their third straight game after opening the Governors' Cup with a win against Rain or Shine.
BLACKWATER 107 - Parks 21, Cruz 16, DiGregorio 14, Sumang 14, Blakely 13, Belo 7, Maliksi 7, Cortez 6, Al-Hussaini 6, Desiderio 3.
NORTHPORT 98 - Ammons 29, Bolick 14, Tautuaa 12, Elorde 12, Ferrer 7, Anthony 6, Taha 5, Escoto 5, Mercado 3, Lanete 3, King 2, Cruz 0.
Quarters: 27-23, 51-41, 73-69, 107-98
- The Elite's bench mob went to work, outscoring their Batang Pier counterparts, 48-33.
- Coach Pido Jarencio failed to call the shots for NorthPort due to an illness. Assistant coach Rensy Bajar assumed the coaching post against the Elite.
Blackwater vs. Columbian on Oct. 11 at the Mall of Asia Arena
NorthPort vs. Phoenix on Oct. 12 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.