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Isaac admits concern on consecutive games in remainder of schedule as Blackwater undergoing playoff push

Poy Erram will lead the charge for Blackwater anew in Bocaue. PBA Media Bureau (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

BATANGAS CITY--Blackwater has an outright shot at making the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals--even making the Top 6 that will keep the team away from the twice-to-beat disadvantage.

"Meron pa kaming dalawang games. If we can handle it properly, then we can avoid complications and outright, papasok kami sa next phase of the tournament," said Coach Leo Isaac.

However, those two games will happen on consecutive playdates, and fatigue, according to Isaac, could play a factor.

"We're still worried about the consecutive games to be played on Sunday and Wednesday. That's what we're just concerned of," rued Isaac, whose team played on Friday night.

Also, he said that the aforementioned fixtures will decide how deep his team really is.

"If we can manage the exposure of our main players and hope that the reserve players can contribute, then we will have fresh legs going into the tough games against NLEX and Phoenix," Isaac continued.

The Elite will battle two teams also chasing the last seats to the next round, the NLEX Road Warriors and the Phoenix Fuel Masters.

Phoenix and Blackwater are actually tied with GlobalPort for seventh to ninth places at 4-5, and if fate would have it, the Phoenix-Blackwater game on Wednesday could determine which team will clinch a playoff spot.

But first things first, the Elite will need to battle the Road Warriors in the second scheduled twinbill of the season-opening conference at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue on Sunday night.

NLEX, just above Blackwater at 5-4, is fresh from a one-week break following two games in three nights the previous weekend, and Coach Yeng Guiao has made his modest goal for his team known.

"We'll just try to get into a spot where we make the next round and we're not playing a team with a twice-to-beat advantage," Guiao said.

The said game will happen at 4:30 p.m., right before the rematch of the epic Governors' Cup Finals between Ginebra and Meralco at 6:45 p.m.

The Bolts are in a must-win scenario to keep their playoff hopes alive, while the Barangay look to stay out of the twice-to-win danger zone.

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