Elite Outlast hotshots

Allein Maliksi & Marc Pingris
Allein Maliksi of Blackwater dribbles his way out of the tough defense of Marc Pingris of Magnolia in the first quarter of their game last night. (PBA Images)

BLACKWATER drew big lifts from Roi Sumang, Bobby Ray Parks Jr and Allein Maliksi in overtime as it turned back Magnolia, 104-99, to remain in contention for Top Two finish in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Sumang scored nine of his team-high 19 points during the extension while Parks and Maliksi added five points each as the Elite pulled off the win they could have wrapped up right on regulation had Parks made an open jumper at the buzzer.

Parks, who finished with 11 points on top of 10 rebounds, sank a triple with 46 seconds left to give the Elite a 99-93 cushion in the extension. Jio Jalalon trimmed it with a drive but Parks drew a foul in the ensuing play, but split the charities, 100-99.

The Hotshots earned a crack at trimming their deficit but were unfortunate that the inbound intended to James Farr near the basket was intercepted by Blackwater import Staphon Blair. Blair passed it off to Sumang who was quickly fouled by Jalalon. He made both penalty shots as Blackwater virtually sealed the outcome, 102-95, 23 seconds left.

The Elite rebounded from back-to-back losses and moved up to solo third place at 6-3, rekindling their chances for possible Top Two finish and a twice-to-beat advantage.

The Hotshots tumbled to their first defeat at five straight wins, and fell to fourth place at 5-3.

The Elite, who were protecting an 84-82 lead late in regulation, had the chance to pad it, but Blair muffed a wide-open triple, with Paul Lee drawing a crucial foul after clearing the rebound.

Sent to the foul line by Roi Sumang, Lee cooly sank two charities to forge an 84-all count which the Elite failed to shatter as Bobby Ray Parks Jr misfired on his drive as time expired.

Meanwhile, Phoenix guns for its third straight win as it takes on Columbian Dyip while Alaska battles Rain or Shine in pair of crucial games featured in the Petron Blaze Saturday Specials today also at the MOA Arena.

The Fuel Maters meet the Dyip in the first tussle at 4:30 p.m. before the Aces and Elasto Painters collide at 6:45 p.m.

A victory by the Fuel Masters will propel Phoenix to solo fifth place, and bolster their bid for best-of-3 quarterfinal series.

The Aces and the Painters on the other hand are both seeking to check their skid and pump life to their sagging playoff bid. The Aces lost three straight and the Painters two straight, making their meeting as intense as it can be.

The scores:

Blackwater (104) - Sumang 19, Digregorio 15, Maliksi 14, Blair 14, Parks 11, Belo 9, Al-Hussaini 9, Alolino 5, Cortez 4, Sena 4, Banal 0.

Magnolia (99) - Lee 25, Farr 23, Jalalon 14, Barroca 13, Brondial 6, Sangalang 4, Dela Rosa 4, Melton 3, Pingris 3, Herndon 2, Pascual 2, Simon 0.

Quarterscores: 23-23, 39-43, 61-61, 84-84, 104-99