New import Keala King struggles as Blackwater out of playoff running

ANTIPOLO– Blackwater new import Keala King couldn’t hide his disappointment after failing to lead his team to victory in his PBA debut.

Coming in to replace the injured Eric Dawson, King only wound up 14 points in 11 attempts as the Elite officially crashed out of the quarterfinal race in the PBA Governors Cup.

“I struggled though I tried to play how coaches want me to play. I’m just mad at myself right now because I let myself down, I didn’t like to lose,” said King, moments after Blackwater absorbed its seventh straight loss to remain at the cellar with its woeful 1-8 record.

The Elite couldn’t get anything going as Phoenix import Eugene Phelps completely outplayed King, leading the Fuel Masters to a 93-81 victory Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-4 King and the Elite had no answer on Phelps, who powered his way to 29 points, including four highlight-reel dunks, to go with 26 rebounds for the Fuel Masters.  

“It went good, he did his job today so congratulations to him,” King added on hisfirst showdown with Phelps since college.   

And while Blackwater is already out of the running, King vowed to redeem himself in their last two assignments against GlobalPort and San Miguel.

“I just need to go home and get back to the drawing board. Basically change some things that I didn’t do in this game and tried to do it next game,” he said. – Jason Mercene

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