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MANILA, Philippines – The Bay Area Dragons started off the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on a roll with a massive 46-point blowout of the Blackwater Bossing, 133-87, at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, September 21.
Import Myles Powell lived up to his lofty billing as a former NBA player after toying the locals around with 41 points on 14-of-28 shooting to go with 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Glen Yang led four other Dragons in double-digit scoring with 22 points on a 7-of-12 clip, while 7-foot-5 Chuanxing Liu scored 9 points with 13 rebounds off the bench.
Blackwater played without veterans JV Casio and newly acquired forward Troy Rosario, who are both likely nursing injuries.
The Bossing only tasted a brief 5-3 lead at the start of the game before the Dragons roared ahead with an 18-2 run, capped by a Powell and-one conversion at the 7:06 mark for the 21-7 separation, and never looked back.
Momentum stayed firmly with the Bay Area side as it breached 40-point separation late in the fourth and peaked with a 46-point gap to set the final score.
“I think at the start of the game, our defense was good. We stayed in front of them. We did a good job on the on-balls, and then on the offensive end, we really clicked,” said Bay Area head coach Brian Goorjian.
Top Rookie of the Year candidate Ato Ular paced the Bossing’s sorry loss – its seventh straight after a 5-1 start in the Philippine Cup – with a big 13-point, 14-rebound double-double hiked by 9 offensive boards, while Rashawn McCarthy scored 11 off the bench on 5-of-14 shooting.
Import Cameron Krutwig came 2 assists shy of a triple-double, but only managed 11 points on a 5-of-16 clip to go with 12 boards and 8 dimes.
NorthPort will get the unenviable task of testing the Dragons next on Saturday, September 24, 4:30 pm, also at the MOA Arena, while Blackwater shoots for a bounce-back that same day at 6:45 pm against Phoenix.
Bay Area 133 – Powell 41, Yang 22, Zhu 13, Lam 13, Blankley 11, Liu 9, Zheng 7, Reid 5, Song 5, Liang 3, Ewing 3, Ju 1.
Blackwater 87 – Ular 13, Krutwig 11, McCarthy 11, Amer 10, Ayonayon 10, Taha 8, Jackson 8, Go 5, Sena 3, Dyke 3, Suerte 3, Publico 2, Eboña 0, Banal 0.
Quarters: 36-19, 64-36, 97-76, 133-87.