by Rey Lachica
Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy has no regrets passing up the opportunity of getting Fil-Tongan Moala Tautuaa after trading its first round pick to the now TNT KaTropa last year.
“We did not regret that move, the team is doing well right now,” said Sy. “In fact, that was a blessing in disguise. Desperate times go for a desperate move, so we decided that way not for anything else.”
The barrel-chested and nimble 6-foot-8 Tautuaa has been considered as a franchise player.
So when the trade took place, the decision of the Blackwater management was questioned by some obersvers.
The move saw the Blackwater getting Larry Rodriguez and San Beda star Art dela Cruz as the team’s No. 9 pick.
And when their losses piled up, the Elite were pilloried even more.
With rookie Mac Belo and Dela Cruz forming the team’s “Batman and Robin,” tandem, the Elite’s status changed almost overnight.
In the ongoing Philippine Cup, Blackwater has already piled up four wins in six games to move up solo second behind San Miguel.
Blackwater’s latest win, a 99-91 over Globalport, could be the vindication Blackwater has been hoping for.
In that game, Belo scattered 20 points – the bulk came in the third quarter, changing the complexion of the game.
“With Belo’s performance, I think we were vindicated,” said Sy.