BLACKWATER is back to its winning ways thanks in part to Paul Zamar.
Zamar nailed the game-winning three-point shot with 0.9 second left in Blackwater’s hard-earned 94-91 win over Meralco in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Zamar’s basket came after to-time PBA Best Import winner Allen Durham drew a foul from Blackwater counterpart William Walker but could only split his free throws that left the score tied at 91-all with still 18 seconds remaining.
Durham himself made it 90-91 for Meralco right after Mac Bello had given Blackwater a 91-88 advantage with a dagger 3 with 57 seconds left.
“Great bounce-back, great win. It’s a game of adjustments. They adjust, we adjust. It’s a come-from-behind win again,” said Blackwater coach Bong Ramos.
“The characters of the players are developing. I hope we can continue it,” added Ramos.
The win enabled the Elite to redeem themselves from a disappointing 108-124 loss to NLEX last Sept. 30 and move into a share of the top spot with defending champion Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia at 5-1.
The Bolts, who played their first game in the season-ending tournament since competing in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Thailand where they finished fourth, dropped to 1-4 win-loss.
Walker finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds for Blackwater, followed by Belo with 14, Zamar with 13, Roi Sumang with 12 and Alein Maliksi with 10.
Durham did his best for Meralco with 32 points, 21 rebounds and six assists
But only Baser Amer and Ken Bono managed to score in double digits for the Bolts with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Amer hit a triple that gave the Bolts a 74-64 lead before the Elite came charging back to snatch the victory.
Blackwater (94) --Walker 24, Belo 14, Zamar 13, Sumang 12, Maliksi 10, Jose 8, Sena 5, Pinto 4, Digregorio 2, Al-Hussaini 2, Javier 0.
Meralco (91) -- Durham 32, Amer 14, Bono 10, Newsome 8, Caram 7, Lanete 5, Hodge 4, Salva 4, Tolomia 3, Jamito 2, Hugnatan 2, Atkins 0, Canaleta 0.
Quarterscores: 18-14, 40-37, 61-62, 94-91.