Elite prime up for Govs’ Cup in Macau

first_imgLacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ Fuller, who last saw PBA action with NLEX, and Stepheson, who was Blackwater’s first import in the Commissioner’s Cup, were teammates at University of Southern California.Stepheson, though, didn’t finish the tournament after flying back to the United States in a huff because of an illness.Fuller, meanwhile, will be the Elite’s import for the Governors’ Cup where a 6-foot-5 ceiling for imports is imposed.Dimaunahan said that his focus in Macau is to build cohesion and apply tweaks to prime the Elite for the third conference.“We’re really looking to improve our game,” said Dimaunahan.ADVERTISEMENT Blackwater is looking to build on its remarkable gains in the last conference and use them in a stint in the Asia League Terrific 12, a pocket tournament in Macau, in a bid to realize its PBA Finals aspirations for the season-ending Governors’ Cup.“We’re looking at our last campaign as a springboard going into the next,” Aris Dimaunahan, the Elite’s rookie coach, told the Inquirer Monday afternoon after the team’s first practice following a break.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake LATEST STORIES Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Gilas preparations go on even with three vital cogs still restingcenter_img Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Blackwater saw semifinal action for the first time and finished a franchise-best No. 3 after the Commissioner’s Cup eliminations with a 7-4 record.“I feel that our performance in the previous conference will serve as a huge morale boost for the team,” said Dimaunahan. “We learned that through playing for each other, we could take care of business, and ultimately win games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Elite are also looking to fine-tune their game when they play in the six-day tourney that begins on Sept. 17 at the Tap Seac Stadium.There, the young Blackwater cast will be backstopped by Aaron Fuller and old hand Alex Stepheson against a field featuring marquee teams from across the region, including Commissioner’s Cup finalists San Miguel Beer and TNT KaTropa. “Like how we close out quarters and halves,” he added. “We were doing well in that department in the eliminations, but not in the playoffs.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon View commentslast_img

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