A campaign that went down a five-game freefall and a playoff berth that put Blackwater on the path to a mighty foe has done little to dent the confidence of Blackwater coach Ariel Vanguardia.
“We’ve been hit hard,” he told reporters after a 75-66 thrashing at the hands of Magnolia on Friday night. “The good thing about it, at least we’re still in purgatory. There’s still hope.”
The Bossing finished with a 5-6 record after the Philippine Cup playoffs – a 180 degree turn from what was a promising start to the conference.
As a result, the club – already hard at work proving they’ve completely shed the PBA whipping boys tag – will face the No. 1 seed and twice beat San Miguel Beer this Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Looking closer, we still have to beat a team twice,” Vanguardia said. “It’s the same if we have to play in a best-of-three series.”