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Cameron Krutwig (25 years old) is a working horse underneath the board for Blackwater. — PBA . IMAGES

Blackwater knows exactly what Terrafirma is going through right now.

“We were in that situation last year after Bossing 93-86 win over Dyip in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioners Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum,” said coach Ariel Vanguardia.

“I really feel [what we went through] last year through them. “But all Blackwater can do is contentment as they have to contribute to extending Terrafirma’s losing streak to 21 games – the second longest in tournament history.

As the record holder for the longest slide with 29 consecutive losses, Blackwater is looking to do more than just avoid becoming a trivia question in the future. Bossing also plans to embark on a roller coaster ride as they hit a rough patch in their schedule.

They overcame both things to do, thanks to Cameron Krutwig, who had 29 points and 24 rebounds to claim his third win in six games – continuing a trend of rebounding from defeat from the previous game. Bossing is losing to NorthPort Batang Pier, wasting an 8-point lead last Wednesday. in the third quarter and flirting for the last chance to win a slide has run for eight months and three conferences.

And Vanguardia knew that a similar performance wouldn’t be enough for Bossing to enter a pivotal stage in their schedule.

“Next game [against TNT] It’s going to be tough, and we have to be consistent,” Vanguardia said as the schedule will determine if Blackwater can secure a second straight quarter-final spot. Blackwater takes on TNT on October 22 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. There’s also Converge (October 30), undefeated Magnolia (November 6), Meralco (November 11), Barangay Ginebra (November 18) and Rain or Shine (November 25).

For Dyip, the next few games will be even more gruesome. And looking at the gauntlet they had to run through, it was clear that they lacked the best chance of finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Terrafirma’s brutal three-game stretch is brutal, with the Bay Area Dragons visiting first on October 21, followed by Ginebra on October 28 and TNT on November 5.

Then, Terrafirma played against NorthPort on November 12, NLEX on November 18, San Miguel Beer on November 23, and Phoenix on November 26, Dyip took the lead in several parts of the game, the highest. was 30-22 in the first half, before Krutwig conspired with Baser Amer, Troy Rosario and Ato Ular to put Bossing first.

But even after reducing the deficit to 58-44 in the third inning and tying the score to an 83-all in the fourth, Terrafirma could not get the start it needed to start as Krutwig capitalized on matches. Prosper’s struggles at both ends with three. -play point break the ice for Blackwater.

“We had a 14-point lead in the third quarter,” Krutwig said. “[We] sort of let it go [but] We finally showed toughness and grit. “

Meanwhile, Phoenix pulled huge games from its main gear when needed and annoyed Barangay Ginebra in the second game. INQ

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