BARAKO Bull import Michael Singletary said he felt Petron’s defensive sting as he was made to bleed for each of his 26 points in an 87-112 loss on Tuesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-5 Singletary led Barako Bull with 26 points, but said it was tough to force his way against Petron’s solid line of defense in the perimeter and inside the shaded lane.
“That’s (Petron) a tough team in there. They played together. They don’t give you any easy layups and make it difficult for you,” said Singletary, who committed a personal conference-worst eight turnovers.
“They kind of took us out of our sets tonight and got us a little frustrated.”
Barako Bull shot just 36.4 percent from the field, including a woeful five-of-34 from beyond the arc that characterized the George Chua-owned franchise’s game-long ordeal.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well, but that’s not an excuse for us. We didn’t adapt and make the adjustment, though we got to move on,” explained the young Barako Bull import, who is turning 25 on September 19.
Singletary had kind words for his Petron counterpart Elijah Millsap, who scored 31 points, grabbed nine rebounds and issues four assists in just 31 minutes of play.
“I played against him before in the (NBA) D-League. He’s (Millsap) a competitor and he played well tonight,” he said. “Hopefully, we could bounce back and see them (Boosters) down the road.”
Barako Bull tries to recover from its most lopsided defeat of the conference when it faces Globalport on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.