MANILA, Philippines–Blackwater notched its first victory in the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup, taking down defending champion TNT, 85-78, Thursday night at Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
The Bossing used a feisty third quarter to pull away from the enemy, and then turned to their veterans to hold off the Tropang Giga’s spirited tries at a comeback during the payoff period.
JVee Casio scored the club’s final seven points, helping Blackwater wiggle out of a 78-all deadlock, and ultimately claim a victory that should serve as an encouraging sign for the franchise.
It could be recalled that the Bossing won just a single game last conference.
Casio, the team’s skipper, finished with 22 points. Four others, including journeyman Yousef Taha and rookie Ato Ular, chipped in double-digit scores in the effort.
TNT got the goods from Roger Pogoy, who finished with 32 points. Poy Erram and Jayson Castro pumped in 10 each as the perennial contenders slid to 1-1.
Blackwater faces Barangay Ginebra next. The two clubs tangle on Sunday, 6:30 p.m., also at the hilltop arena.
TNT will have a crack at bouncing back when it plays league newcomer Converge in the earlier contest.
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