BARAKO Bull tries to score a big follow-up to its come-from-behind win against Globalport as it takes on a struggling Rain or Shine side in a key PBA Governors Cup match on Tuesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Energy Cola are currently tied with idle Meralco at second place with similar 4-2 records, and can pull ahead of the Bolts with a win over the Elasto Painters in their 5:15 p.m. match.
Barako Bull active consultant Rajko Toroman is beaming with pride over how the Energy Cola stormed back from an 18-point third quarter deficit to eke out a thrilling 98-97 win.
“We won with a big heart,” said Toroman. “It’s almost impossible to win in a game like that because we still got some things to improve on.”
Toroman pointed out the return of big man Enrico Villanueva after a nine-month layoff due to an ACL injury on his right knee, is a big boost for the team, coming at a time when the Energy Cola are gearing up for the quarterfinals.
“Enrico played a few minutes and that’s a win for us because he is supposed to be our first option in position five. I hope that come Tuesday, he’ll be in better shape,” added the Serbian mentor.
Rain or Shine is in the middle of the standings in a tie with San Mig Coffee at 3-3, but has lost three of its last four outings.
The E-Painters are coming off a 76-82 loss to the streaking Meralco Bolts.
Coach Yeng Guiao’s team has been struggling of late by shooting below 37 percent from the field, with Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan along with Beau Belga having a hard time regaining their range.