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SLUMP SNAPPED | Blackwater ends PBA record skid with shocker over Magnolia

Shawn Glover's fine showing finally bore fruit. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Right on the final game of its season, Blackwater's heartbreak finally came to an end.

The Bossing will leave the PBA's 46th season a winner by stunning the Magnolia Hotshots, 101-100, on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The victory put an end to the Ever Bilena franchise's 29-game losing streak, which is already on the wrong side of PBA history, and also prevented the club from setting another mark of infamy as the first team to be held winless throughout a single season.

The breakthrough came with 10.5 seconds left when Jvee Casio retrieved the ball when Mark Barroca lost it and passed it to a cutting Barkley Ebona for the go-ahead layup.

The Bossing bounced back from a 24-second violation from its previous play with Ebona's eventual game-winner.

The Hotshots still had a chance to steal the ballgame, but Rey Suerte played solid backup defense and blocked Jack Corpuz's buzzer-beating layup as the Bossing celebrated mid-court.

Shawn Glover finished with 33 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and one block for Blackwater, which won for the first time since beating NLEX on Oct. 17, 2020, ending the slump that ran for almost 17 months.

Suerte added 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and that game-saving block on Corpuz.

Barroca finished with a career-high 27 points, four assists, and one steal for Magnolia, which will still enter the quarterfinals as the top seed regardless of the result.

Mike Harris added 21 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, and two steals, but he was dearly missed the rest of the way as he was benched after a crucial Flagrant Foul Penalty 1 off Ebona's fake with 2:50 remaining.

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