BARAKO Bull salvaged some measure of pride by turning back a stubborn Globalport side, 96-87 to end its PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on a high note Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Sophomore swingman Allein Maliksi anchored the Energy Cola’s sharp second half onslaught, firing 16 of his team-high 25 points during that stretch to go along with 12 rebounds and help the Energy Cola end the conference with a 5-9 record.
The Batang Pier cut what was once a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to just 83-85 with two minutes to play.
But Josh Urbiztondo came through with key baskets down the stretch to settle the outcome of the match.
“It was not an important win for us but we’re fighting for a win because we want to finish the conference with a win. That’s what they (Energy Cola) did and that’s the most important thing,” said Barako Bull consultant Rajko Toroman.
“Of course, it’s a disappointing season for us because at the beginning, we were playing good basketball. We lost chemistry in the last few games, but that’s a new team. This team has talent and potential,” he added.
Toroman admitted he was hoping Petron would give Barako Bull a favor by beating Air21 last Saturday, but didn’t get what he was wishing for.
Air21 managed to turn the tables against Petron in the second half to pull off a 95-91 overtime win that dashed aeay Barako Bull’s quarterfinal hopes.
“It’s our fault, not Petron,” he said. “Now, we have to see what will be the future of Barako Bull. That’s a talented team we have to keep, maybe make just small changes, and hopefully, the next conference will be better for us,” he added.
Barako Bull (96) - Maliksi 25, Urbiztondo 17, MBenga 14, Macapagal 12, Seigle 11, Monfort 7, Intal 5, Pennisi 5, Duncil 0, Kramer 0.
Globalport (87)- David 28, Yee 1, Agular 8, Miller 8, Morgan 7, Deutchamn 7, Mandani 4, Aljamal 4, Salvador 4, Lingganay 2, Juntilla 2, Antonio 2, Belencion 0
Quarterscores: 20-23, 39-35, 69-56, 98-87