The PBA Commissioner’s Cup opening game took place Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. The guest team Bay Area Dragons, opened the tournament with a 133-87 victory over Blackwater. This performance indicated the form that allowed them to win all their tune-up matches.
Import Myles Powell got off to a sizzling start right away as the Dragons led most of the game to a decisive victory that may have served as a wake-up call to the rest of the league. In addition, the Dragons won the game.
Powell, the 6-foot-2 guard who will play the first four games of the eliminations before Andrew Nicholson takes over for the next four, scored 41 points as Bay Area continued its mastery of Blackwater, which it beat thrice during its series of scrimmages leading up to the midseason tournament. Bay Area will play the first four games of the eliminations before Andrew Nicholson takes over for the next four.
“When the game started, I believed our defense was performing well. After then, everything started to come together on the offensive end,” stated Dragons head coach Brian Goorjian.
Ato Ular considered as Rookie of the Year.
Bay Area had represented by five players who scored in double digits, with Songwei Zhu adding 13 points and Glen Yang contributing 22.
Ato Ular, who was leading the statistical race for the Rookie of the Year award after the All-Filipino game, scored 13 points. Still, the Bossing defeated handily once more by the Dragons, who prevailed by 38 points during one tune-up. Ato Ular led the statistical race for the Rookie of the Year award after the All-Filipino game.
Blackwater was coming off an appearance in the quarterfinals of the Philippine Cup but recently dealt the top overall pick, Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, to NLEX as part of a three-way trade that also involved TNT. It was a frustrating start for Blackwater, who had recently dealt Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser to NLEX.
Troy Rosario, who Blackwater obtained as part of the agreement for TNT to get NLEX emerging star Calvin Oftana, in a suit but not inserted during the one-sided fight. It was because the contest already decided in Blackwater’s favor.
Blackwell is the first PBA test for Bay Area
The first round of competition for the 2022 Commissioner’s Cup will begin with a matchup between Bay Area and Blackwater, which will serve as the first test for Bay Area in the PBA.
The Dragons, who were participating in the midseason conference as a guest team, have impressed so far after emerging victorious from tune-up matches against professional basketball association teams and top collegiate teams.
In their matchup at three in the afternoon, the Hong Kong-based dribblers will face a Bossing team hoping to ride an exciting Philippine Cup performance. The Hong Kong-based dribblers are preparing for stiff competition against the Filipino type of basketball.
The Phoenix and NorthPort teams, both seeking to get off to a winning start in the conference. It will square off with one another in the second game of the day at 5:45 p.m.
Bay Area is completing an early case as one of the probable title candidates. With a lineup frequently hailed as a “tall team that can shoot” by the teams it defeated in the off-season. Bay Area is one of the likely title contenders.
The Dragons’ offense is led by import Andrew Nicholson. 7 feet 5 inches tall, Chinese center Liu Chuanxing, 7 feet 5 inches tall, and 6 feet 8 inches tall forward Duncan Reid.
Bay Area is seeking to win its first PBA championship since 1980.
Bay Area is trying to make a name for itself. And become the first foreign PBA guest team to win a championship since 1980. It is essential because the local groups will step up their games once the conference gets underway.
Blackwater, for one, had a significant boost with the arrival of Troy Rosario, who could give the inside and outside. Presence that can complement import Cameron Krutwig and the supporting cast of Jvee Casio, Baser Amer, and Ato Ular. Blackwater also had a massive boost with the signing of Troy Rosario.
The Batang Pier hopes that the recent changes they have made to their team will triumph in the second game. Jeff Chan, Arvin Tolentino, Prince Caperal, and Kent Salado joined the NorthPort crew, which Robert Bolick and Arwind Santos directed. These four new members were very welcome additions.