Isaac to cherish Blackwater's new-found dominance

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By Ivan Saldajeno

SAN JUAN, MM--During its first two seasons in the PBA, Blackwater never got a chance to taste being second in the team standings.

A win on Wednesday night against GlobalPort, however, catapulted the team to an uncharted territory, being 4-2 and in second, just behind 4-1 San Miguel.

"Talagang iche-cherish namin ito at paghihirapan namin para makuha namin ang gusto naming marating this conference," said Coach Leo Isaac after the Elite's triumph at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

He further said, "We wanted this victory to give ourselves a chance to experience being number two in the team standings."

Their stay at solo second, however, will be short-lived as either the TNT KaTropa or the Alaska Aces will tie them depending on who will win their battle on Friday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig. The Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters can even force a three-way tie for second if they beat the struggling NLEX Road Warriors in the nightcap.

But Blackwater can climb back to solo second--and a virtual tie for first with San Miguel only to be broken by the winning rate--if the team beats Mahindra on Christmas Day at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue.

The Elite could even finish the year at number one if the Beermen fall to the Meralco Bolts at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay next Wednesday.

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