Coach Vanguardia says Blackwater bounced back big as Bossing caught San Miguel on a bad night

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 6) — Blackwater Bossing head coach Ariel Vanguardia said his team caught the San Miguel Beermen on a bad night as they had replacement import Diamond Stone a few days before their conference debut.

Reinforcement Cameron Krutwig carried the Bossing in the stunning 109-106 victory over the Beermen Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. He finished with a triple-double of 20 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Vanguardia said he reminded his squad that defeating a powerhouse ball club like San Miguel will boost their confidence especially coming from a tough loss to the NLEX Road Warriors.

"The last game, we were up 16 then we lost to NLEX so I told them this is the best bounce back we can do. Since we're playing San Miguel, this is the best time to beat them because this is their first game and they have a new import," Vanguardia told CNN Philippines' Sports Desk Thursday.

The Bossing won after erasing a 15-point deficit while shocking the Beermen, who seemed like they still had a championship hangover after bagging the Philippine Cup title last month.

"Things didn't start out well with us. We were down early in the first quarter. We caught up in the second quarter and then we were down again in the third. Our bench spelled the difference," Vanguardia said.

Blackwater improved its win-loss record to 2-2.

The Bossing will have a couple of days to rest as they will resume action on Oct. 12 against the NorthPort Batang Pier at the Big Dome.