Much-maligned Barako Bull nips Petron to sustain impressive run in preseason
JC Intal led Barako Bull with 15 points in the preseason win over Petron. Jerome Ascano

The much-maligned team has continued its surprising run in the preseason, dealing PBA Governors Cup finalist Petron with a 108-104 loss in a tune-up game on Thursday.

Counting its 93-90 win over Alaska Milk and a 100-104 loss to Rain or Shine last Tuesday, Barako Bull is now 2-1 (win-loss) in the preseason just weeks after coming under fire for trading away three first-round picks as well as top players Eman Monfort and Rico Villanueva.

“It was morale-boosting win for us. Nothing more, nothing less,” said Barako Bull head coach Ramos, whose team was led By JC Intal with 15 points.

Petron played minus Alex Cabagnot, June Mar Fajardo and Ronald Tubid, but the Energy Cola were also without Mick Pennisi, Jonas Villanueva, and new acquisition Rico Maierhofer.

Veterans like Willie Miller, Dorian Pena, Ronjay Buenafe, Mark Isip, Willy Wilson and Mark Macapagal also shone for the George Chua-owned franchise by combining for 68 points.

Still, Ramos was careful not to raise expectations for the controversial team.