BARAKO Bull caught a big fish in ending its slide in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Easter Sunday.
The Energy Cola survived a big San Mig Coffee fightback and hacked out a 105-100 win that kept them alive in the race for a playoff berth in the mid-season conference.
Import Evan Brock came through with 25 points and 15 rebounds, while Josh Urbiztondo torched his former team for 22 points including 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range as Barako arrested a six-game losing streak and improve to 4-7.
“It’s a great game for us, we’re still very much alive,” said Barako Bull consultant Rajko Toroman.
Allein Maliksi and Mick Pennissi had 19 points each for the Energy Cola, who led 102-92 in the final 2:27.
But the Mixers rallied and closed to within 102-100 on two free throws by import Denzel Bowles in the final 24 seconds.
Barako Bull however, won’t be denied as a split from the line each by Urbiztondo and rookie Eman Monfort, playing in his first game in the league, sealed the win for the team.
"This team has a lot potential. Now our chance has gotten bigger and bigger," added Toroman, whose Energy Cola shot 12-of-28 from beyond the arc for a high 42.9 percent clip.
Pennisi sparked Barako's explosion from three-point range as he went 5-of-6 from downtown and scored all of his total output in the second half.
The 38-year-old veteran accounted for 13 of his points in the pivotal fourth when the Energy Cola went on a 19-3 run to take control of the match for good, 87-78, after trailing by as much as 60-70.
Bowles poured in 24 points and 18 rebounds for the Mixers, who fell to 5-6 and failed to follow up on their huge 83-82 win over Alaska the last time.
James Yap played his best game since getting embroiled in a messy public spat with former wide Kris Aquino, firing away for 22 points, while Peter June Simon added 21.
Barako Bull (105) - Brock 25, Urbiztondo 22, Maliksi 19, Pennisi 19, Seigle 10, Vilanueva 4, Monfort 3, Kramer 2, Anthony 1, Intal 0, Macapagal 0.
San Mig (100) - Bowles 24, Yap 22, Simon 21, Barroca 11, Pingris 9, Mallari 5, Devance 4, Najorda 4, Reavis 0, De Ocampo 0.
Quartersscores: 24-30, 46-46, 68-75, 105-100