The Barako Bull Energy Colas bounced back from a heartbreaking loss the last time out, bucking a slow start to down the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 108-95, yesterday in the 39th PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Redeeming themselves from a 95-99 loss to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters last Friday, the Energy Colas outscored the Batang Pier in the fourth period, 26-16, to seal their fourth win in 11 games.
GlobalPort was on fire early, leading by as many as 13 points before settling for a 29-21 lead after the first period. The Energy Colas made the necessary adjustment in the next period to lead by a point at the half, 50-49.
The two squads fought toe-to-toe in the third until the Batang Pier ran out of ammunition in the fourth.
A raging Barako Bull took a 101-91 lead in the final 3:26 and delivered the finishing touches with a 7-0 run for a big 108-91 lead with only 1:38 to go.
Displaying a balanced attack, the Energy Cilas had six players in double figures with Denok Miranda leading the way with 19 points. Dorian Peña tallied 15 and 10 rebounds, while Mick Pennisi and rookie Carlo Lastimosa nailed 14 and 12 markers, respectively. Keith Jensen and Mark Isip were the other Energy Colas in double figures with 11 and 10, respectively.
Jay Washington carried the fight for the Batang Pier as he scored a game-high 30 points.
In the main game, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters led from start to finish to shame the San Mig Coffee Mixers, 101-77.
Big man Raymond Almazan came up by far with his finest game as a rookie, helping the Painters tally their third consecutive win with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Rain or Shine tightened its grip of the third spot in the team standings with a 7-3 (win-loss) card.
The out-of-sync Coffee Mixers tasted a second straight debacle and dropped to 3-7.
The Batang Pier dropped to 4-5 (win-loss), absorbing their third straight defeat since going on a franchise-best three-game win streak.
BARAKO BULL (108)- Miranda 19, Peña 15, Pennisi 14, Lastimosa 12, Jensen 11, Isip 10, Intal 9, Miller 7, Macapagal 6, Maierhofer 3, Wilson 2, Buenafe 0.
GLOBALPORT (95)- Washington 30, Romeo 16, Mercado 12, Garcia 8, Nabong 7, Hayes 6, Yee 4, Chua 4, Salva 4, Lingganay 2, Menk 2, Revilla 0, Salvador 0.QUARTERSCORES: 21-29, 50-49, 82-79, 108-95.