MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) The Bay Area Dragons made a statement in their first game of the 2022 PBA Commissioner's Cup as they overpowered the Blackwater Bossing, 133-87, on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Dragons, the first guest team to play in the PBA since 2004, were barely threatened in the 46-point win, racing out to a 36-19 lead after the opening period and cruising the rest of the way.
Myles Powell, who had a brief stint with the Philadelphia 76ers, was simply unstoppable as he fired 41 points on 14-of-28 shooting. He also had eight points and three assists in just 30 minutes of playing time. Glen Yang added 22 points and seven assists.
Bay Area shot over better than 55% from the field and made 16 three-pointers. They turned Blackwater's 14 turnovers into 28 points, and scored 29 points in transition.
"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 coach Brian Goorjian.
"We're playing through Myles with the ball in his hands. I thought he made good decisions getting everybody involved, and he was somebody they had trouble guarding," he added.
Powell set the tone for Bay Area, scoring 14 points in the opening period. Blackwater also had no answer for the Dragons' 7-foot-5 center, Liu Chuanxing. The Chinese big man had nine points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks in just 26 minutes.
The Dragons reached the century mark with still 10:14 to play, off a Duncan Reid floater that made it 101-69.
"What we had we said is we had the quality right through the bench," said Goorjiian, who drew 41 points from his reserves. "So those guys coming in, we didn't go backwards when we went to our substitutes. They provided more."
Blackwater got 13 points from rookie Ato Ular, but import Cameron Krutwig struggled in his debut was limited to 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting. Troy Rosario, acquired in a controversial trade just before the conference, did not play in the game.
According to Fidel Mangonon, the league's official statistician, the 46-point loss was the worst in Blackwater's history. It's also the most lopsided result in the PBA since Magnolia -- then known as Star -- crushed Meralco 120-73 in the 2017 Philippine Cup.
BAY AREA 133 – Powell 41, Yang 22, Zhu 13, Lam 13, Blankey 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, Ebona 0, Banal 0.
QUARTERS: 36-19, 64-36, 97-76, 133-87