Ortiz keys Bossing’s 19-point smothering of FiberXers

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Blackwater import Chris Ortiz.–PBA IMAGES

Blackwater coach Jeffrey Cariaso couldn’t be happier with the best way import Chris Ortiz performed as each had successful debuts on Wednesday.

And after Ortiz’s all-around effort in claiming a 103-84 rout of Converge at Philsports Enviornment in Pasig Metropolis to start their PBA Commissioner’s Cup marketing campaign, Cariaso hopes that the member of Puerto Rico’s Fiba (Worldwide Basketball Federation) World Cup squad can present extra.

“I’ve by no means had an import as versatile as he’s,” Cariaso mentioned after Ortiz produced 21 factors, 11 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks within the sudden blowout.



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“He can rating from anyplace on the ground, however the best way he stretches out offers us a wide range of issues we are able to do. So we’re pleased along with his first sport,” added the PBA nice who received his first sport accountable for the Bossing.

Ortiz not solely offered some baskets, together with a pair of dunks that enabled Blackwater to drag away within the second quarter after squandering an early lead, he was additionally key on the defensive finish. And that’s one thing Cariaso needs for the franchise to reach altering its doormat picture.

However it’ll even be necessary for the Bossing to have their locals present help position, as proven towards the FiberXers.

Participant of the Sport Rey Suerte, Troy Rosario, Jvee Casio, Mike Ayonayon and Tyrus Hill had their contributions within the 19-point win, their highest since blasting Terrafirma by 37 in final season’s Philippine Cup.

“A part of the position of a few of the guys is to degree up,” mentioned Cariaso. “If we’re gonna have an opportunity this convention, they should degree up, and I feel they know that.”

That problem would be the identical when Blackwater goes for a uncommon 2-0 begin on Saturday towards Meralco, which was taking part in Rain or Shine at presstime.

It was Blackwater’s first win after dropping 9 in a row to finish the season-ending 2023 Governors’ Cup, prompting a change in course on the sidelines.

Converge led within the first quarter and for a quick half within the second, nevertheless it went downhill from there because it misplaced for the primary time to Blackwater in its younger PBA existence.

Tom Vodanovich led Converge with 20 factors.

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