Elite squad

first_imgBlackwater plays a third game in six days Wednesday night, and after having assured itself of its best-ever performance thus far in any elimination round of a PBA conference, one might think that the Elite can afford to look at the bigger picture as far as the Governors’ Cup playoffs go.Not coach Bong Ramos, though.ADVERTISEMENT Air Force, Navy spikers triumph Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “We’re at 6-1 (in second place at the moment), and this seldom happens in our franchise,” Ramos told the Inquirer, a few hours after preparing his Elite for another clash with a heavyweight, Magnolia, set at 7 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. “All we want to do is grab the opportunity and enjoy the moment.”Blackwater is just half-a-game out of the lead being held by defending champion Barangay Ginebra, and Ramos and his crew actually have the luxury of picking the games where they can play hard in order to bag a top four berth and a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I don’t want to look at it that way,” he said. “For me, for us, it’s taking it one game at a time—winning all the games that we can—before we look at the placings in the standings. If we end up in the top four, good, if not, it’s still good because we’re still in the playoffs.“What we want is to just play as hard as we can in every game,” Ramos said. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ramos presided over a light workout by the Elite on Tuesday as import Henry Walker celebrated his 31st birthday by treating the entire team to a sumptuous meal of Cebu “lechon.”“Henry loves our lechon. This was the second time that he treated the team to such,” Ramos said. “But when the lechon arrives, he makes sure that he’s not there until the head is taken out and kept somewhere he can’t see it.”That meal is part of the recharging process for the Elite, especially after Ramos extended his players a lot in the last six days and carved out wins over Meralco and Rain or Shine.“We have an 11-day break (after the Magnolia game) and I promised them an extended break of 2-3 days if we win this one,” he went on. “That’s why I’m going to play them hard again and they are ready.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more