MANILA – Manny Pacquiao and the KIA Sorento lost its pre-season joust against Blackwater Elite, 88-77, in the PBA Liga ng Bayan in Binan, Laguna on Saturday.
Pacquiao, the oldest rookie ever to play in the league, notched 1 point and 1 rebound in 10 minutes of play with KIA.
Blackwater’s Chris Timberlake and Sunday Salvacion took turns guarding the 8-division boxing champion, who took a break from training camp just to be with Sorento.
Pacquiao, who wants KIA to be a defense-oriented team, said his squad will need to do some improvements at the defensive end.
“Puwede namin mag-capitalize is yung defense namin, pero kanina, di pa namin na-execute yung depensa masyado na gusto namin,” Pacquiao said in Richard Dy’s report to Spin.ph.
Alex Nuyles and Salvacion led the way for Blackwater, scoring 18 and 15, respectively. Reil Cervantes topscored for KIA with 23 points, while Chad Alonzo had 10.
Pacquiao plans to be with KIA when it opens its 2014-2015 PBA campaign. KIA Sorento is scheduled to take on the Elite again on October 19.
“Lalaro ako sa opening para ma-inspire yung team ko,” he added.