BARAKO BULL WINS 3RD STRAIGHT
Source : PBA Official Website
TAGGED with a favored billing for the first time in the PBA Philippine Cup, Barako Bull was hardput
getting any lift against Shopinas.com Friday.
It took an early ugly incident before the Energy got fired up and promptly dealt the Clickers a
96-78 shellacking for a third straight win and a share of second-running spot at the Cuneta
Sunday Salvacion’s 14 points and Willie Miller’s 13 and game-high eight assists led Barako Bull,
but it was Wynne Arboleda scoring all of his 12 markers in the second period that spurred the team
to blow the game wide open.
What really got his players going, head coach Junel Baculi pointed out, was the altercation that
happened at the 9:57 mark of the second period with the Energy leading by just 21-18. Then Shopinas
center Homer Se started to charge at Baculi.
“I was talking to the referees, telling them na nananakit ng players si Se,” related Baculi.
“I was telling them to look at Se. Bigla siyang nag-react.”
Since the ball was in play in front of the Barako bench, the Energy were quick to shield their
coach, foremost of which was Dorian Pena. The muscular slotman gave Se a hard shove that floored the
latter hard before other cooler heads managed to separate Se.
When the game officials finally sorted things out Pena was ejected, Baculi was assessed a technical
foul and Se was also thrown out for two technicals.
Before that incident, the Clickers managed to hold the Energy through five deadlocks and four lead
changes. They were easy fodder the rest of the way, trailing by as much as 43-74 before dropping
their fourth straight game.
Ren-Ren Ritualo fired 10 of his 15 points in the fourth period to help whittle the deficit to just
69-85, still over five minutes left.
That proved to be the closest the Clickers got, however, as Miller, Paul Artadi, Salvacion and even
rookie Paul Sorongon sank the baskets during a 9-2 surge that made it a 94-71 difference and put the
outcome beyond doubt.
Don Allado chipped in 11 points and six rebounds, the latter including two off the offensive glass
that moved him within another of becoming the 39th member of the league's 1,000-offensive rebounds
Barako drew alongside idle Rain or Shine at the spot just behind unbeaten leader Petron Blaze’s
3-0 slate, but Baculi said his charges have just capped their most immediate objective.
“Wala pang one-fourth ng games sa 14-game eliminations, so it’s still a long way to go. We’re
just working on our modest goal, which was to win as many games as possible in our first four
games,” he said.
The cost to the victory was also high as Allein Maliksi strained a muscle, Dylan Ababou suffered a
cut above his left eye and Leo Najorda fell hard – face first -- on the floor on a block try
against James Sena late in the fourth period.
the injuries piled up,” Baculi noted. “But that’s basketball,” he added. “We just have to
play over it, rest our injuries and get back strong in Davao (on Saturday against B-MEG).”
Besides, his players had their chances to relax Friday, based on how they started and nearly
“Ganyan talaga, when you have a blowout, may tendency to relax,” was how Baculi put it.
Good thing Arboleda’s explosion, with help from Miller, Salvacion and Najorda, enabled the Energy
to pad their lead to 50-33 at the half and by 74-48 going into the last 12 minutes of play.
BARAKO BULL 96 - Salvacion 14, Miller 13, Najorda 12, Arboleda 12, Allado 11, Maliksi 9, Artadi 7,
Avenido 6, Pennisi 4, Ababou 3, Sorongon 2, Salvador 2, Pena 1.
SHOPINAS.COM 78 - Ritualo 15, Hubalde 14, Jazul 10, Menor 10, Espiritu 9, Mirza 8, Canta 4, Duncil
4, Sena 3, Canlas 1, Ilad 0, Hermida 0, Se 0.
Quarterscores: 16-18, 50-33, 74-48, 96-78
TALK AND TEXT BEATS BMEG
Source : Musong R. Castillo Philippine Daily Inquirer
Talk ‘N Text survived the loss of a 13-point lead later in the night before hammering out a 96-94 victory over B-Meg.
Jared Dillinger scored 31 points and Ryan Reyes hit the Tropang Texters’ final three points inside the final 29.8 seconds as Talk ‘N Text claimed a second place tie with idle Rain or Shine and the Energy.
The Llamados rallied in the fourth quarter and flipped a 79-66 deficit to an 87-85 lead on a jumper by Peter June Simon with 3:21 in the final quarter.
“We got tired, we couldn’t play our pace. And they started making their shots. Fortunately we found a way to win in the end,” said Talk N’ Text head coach Chot Reyes.
TALK ‘N TEXT 96—Dillinger 31, Williams 23, Peek 13, Fonacier 12, Reyes 11, Aban 4, Aguilar 2, Raymundo 0, Alvarez 0, Alapag 0.
B-MEG 94—Raymundo 18, J. Yap 14, Simon 13, Urbiztondo 11, Pingris 11, Devance 10, Barroca 8, Reavis 7, R. Yap 2, Acuna 0, Ferriols 0.
Quarters: 32-19, 49-37, 74-66, 96-94