BINAN, Laguna - Barako Bull rode a smashing debut from Allen Durham to clobber Globalport, 122-98 and revive their playoff hopes in the PBA Governors Cup after a road game on Sunday at the Alonte Sports Arena.
The Energy drew the inspiration from their new import, whose solid inside presence and unselfish plays allowed Barako Bull’s gunners to score at will on the way to snapping their five-game losing skid under new coach Siot Tanquingcen.
The 6-4 wide-bodied Durham highlighted his PBA debut with a triple double after finishing with 32 points points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists, totally outplaying GlobalPort import Dior Lowwhorn in the process.
Barako Bull climbed into a tie for eighth and ninth places with idle Meralco on identical 2-5 win-loss records, leaving GlobalPort in the cellar with a 1-6 card.
The Energy shot 56.5 percent from the floor, making 13 three-point shots with veteran guards Dennis Miranda and Willie Miller connecting three triples each in the game.
Miranda finished with a personal conference-high 20 points and four assists, while JC Intal and Hans Thiele added 14 and 13, respectively.
Rookie Terrence Romeo led the Batang Pier with 22 points, while import Dior Lowhorn had a quiet 17 points and nine rebounds.
Jay Washington returned from a one-game absence due to tonsilitis to score 17.