Blackwater gets ‘fresh start’ under new coach Aris Dimaunahan

first_imgBlackwater Elite. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter another uneventful campaign in the Philippine Cup, Blackwater gets to start over under the tutelage of Aris Dimaunahan, who looking to make a good account of himself in his first head coaching stint.The Elite wound up in the bottom of the standings after finishing with a 2-9 record this conference but they remain in high spirits with an opportunity to redeem themselves in the Commissioner’s Cup next month.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I don’t think we’re losers. I don’t believe that. Regardless of what the result showed in the Philippine Cup, that’s one of three conferences and I feel like we’re going to put in the work to prove our doubters wrong.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Tasked to keep Blackwater’s engine running is DiGregorio, who has been on a steady rise.Also in the fold are promising rookies Abu Tratter and Paul Desiderio and hot-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi.Ray Parks, Blackwater’s second overall pick in the draft four months ago, is also expected to join the team for the next conference.The Elite eyes to finally silence their critics and DiGregorio believes they have a good chance of doing so next conference.“[We want to prove that] number one, we’re not losers,” the 27-year-old DiGregorio said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img “Regardless of what happened last conference, it’s a new start. With coach Aris being here, it feels like a fresh start, a new beginning and that’s always exciting and I think everybody is excited,” said Blackwater captain Mike DiGregorio after the Elite’s first practice with Dimaunahan at the helm.The 41-year-old Dimaunahan, a former PBA veteran who played for Barangay Ginebra in his first three seasons in the league, aims to maximize his team’s fresh legs by playing a quick pace on offense while also putting premium on defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The first thing I looked at was where we at on the defensive end and I saw that were dead last in the league last conference and defense would be our top priority,” said Dimaunahan, who replaced Bong Ramos.“We have young guys here and we’re looking to play a controlled high octane offense. The goal is to use our youth to our advantage.” MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Blackwater draft pick Ray Parks still pondering future Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img