BARAKO Bull finally got its act together as it subdued Meralco, 99-86, on Sunday to snap a six-game skid in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Denok Miranda led seven players in double figures as Barako Bull waxed hot from long range en route to nailing what was only its first win in almost a month.
Barako improved to 3-6 (win-loss) overall and forced a logjam in seventh place with its victim and Alaska.
“I told my players to just keep on pounding the rock. Finally na-split na namin sa dalawa,” said Energy Cola coach Bong Ramos, who was recently fined P30,000 for his comments about officiating. “Hopefully we can continue this.”
Miranda scattered 17 points behind a perfect 3-of-3 clip from three-point territory, while Willie Miller, Mick Pennisi, Mark Macapagal, JC Intal, and Keith Jensen buried at least one triple each as the Energy Cola converted a total of 14 triples.
They also scorched the net with 17 triples in their last win on November 24 against Alaska, 97-94, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
One of Penisi’s three-point misses against the Bolts still led to three free throws that gave the Energy Cola their biggest lead at 84-66 early in the fourth quarter.
The Energy Cola spoiled the return of Meralco power forward Cliff Hodge, who was sidelined for a month due to a sprained ankle.
BARAKO BULL (99) – Miranda 17, Miller 14, Pennisi 14, Macapagal 11, Intal 11, Maierhofer 10, Pena 10, Lastimosa 4, Jensen 3, Buenafe 3, Wilson 2, Marcelo 0
MERALCO (86) – David 20, Cortez 20, Al-Hussaini 19, Wilson 14, Hugnatan 5, Dillinger 4, Omolon 2, Guevarra 1, Hodge 1, Timberlake 0, Sena 0
Quarterscores: 24-19, 50-39, 78-63, 99-86