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Blackwater, TNT look to end PBA On Tour on winning note

Blackwater tries to close its PBA On Tour on a winning note against last place TNT in the final day of the exhibition series on Sunday at the Ynares Center in Pasig.

The Bossing will go for the win in their 5 p.m. against the Bolts.

Blackwater’s Joshua Torralba (right) PBA PHOTO

A win will enable the charges of new coach Jeff Cariaso to finish tied with the Bolts at 7-4, though the Bossing will secure third spot overall after beating the former, 89-82 last July 14.

Cariaso will be calling the shots for just the second time for Blackwater since completing his pre-scheduled coaching clinics following his appointment with the team.

Blackwater is coming off a 131-108 blowout loss to Rain or Shine recently, but will be going all out for a win against a depleted TNT side.

The Tropang Giga won just once in 10 games thus far since the team opted to rest veterans Jayson Castro, Mikey Williams and Kelly Williams, while Poy Erram, Roger Pogoyo and Calvin Oftana have been loaned to Gilas.

Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra and NLEX clash in the main game at 7:30 p.m. with both squads looking to claim a win and seal a top 6 finish in the PBA On Tour.

The Gin Kings have done a splendid job in the exhibition series considering that the team didn't have head coach Tim Cone, along with Scottie Thompson, Jamie Malonzo, Japeth Aguilar, Stanley Pringle and Christian Standhardinger in the preseason campaign.

Cone, Thompson, Malonzo and Aguilar were all with Gilas, which is training for the 2023 FIBA World Cup set this August, while Pringle and Standhardinger were getting their much needed break after a grueling 2022-23 PBA season.

Both squads tote an even 5-5 record heading to the match.

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