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2016 PBA Offseason Grades: Blackwater Elite

It was just a month ago after the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel won their first championship in eight years and the PBA already opened it's 42nd season. Let us examine how each team did in the offseason.


Players in: James Forrester, Dylan Ababou, Ronjay Buenafe, Raymond Aguilar

Players out: Carlo Lastimosa, Frank Golla, Mike Cortez, Almond Vosotros, Raphie Reyes, Juami Tiongson, Ronald Pascual, Roi Sumang, Jaymo Eguilos

Drafted Players: Raphael Banal, Mac Belo, Tristan Perez


The new-look Blackwater Elite team will try to improve their 7-27 (W-L) finish last season as they've added much talented and young players acquired through the draft, trades and free agency signings.

More than half of the team's lineup last season were out and 2 scorers were acquired through trades namely James Forrester and Dylan Ababou. Both these players can revive their young PBA career with this team if given time.

The Blackwater Elite also picked up Ronjay Buenafe who can provide some veteran leadership and carry some scoring load for this young team and Raymond Aguilar who can help the team in rebounding and give them an inside presence.

The team drafted two young talented players with so much potential in Mac Belo and Raphael Banal who can be the face of this team and lead the Blackwater Elite to atleast their first ever playoff spot.


Point Guards
Raphael Banal
Nard Pinto
Denok Miranda

Shooting Guards
James Forrester
Dylan Ababou
Ronjay Buenafe

Small Forwards
Mac Belo
Bam Gamalinda
Jason Melano

Power Forwards
Art Dela Cruz
Tristan Perez
Reil Cervantes

Raymond Aguilar
James Sena
Kyle Pascual

JP Erram

Head Coach: Leo Isaac


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