Petron finally solved its power issues as Jay Washington scored 29 points to lead the Boosters to a 92-80 win over erstwhile league-leader B-Meg on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
After two games where they led early only to lose steam in the end, Petron found a way to maintain its lead this time to improve its win-loss card to 4-3.
“Ni-remind ko lang sila na we needed to finish the game strong. Hindi na puwede mangyari sa amin yung nangyari nung last two games, ” said Boosters coach Ato Agustin, referring to recent losses to Ginebra and Barako Bull.
Washington, in just his seventh game back from a left foot injury that caused him to miss the last three conferences, put on dazzling show and tied his career high of 29 points behind an 11-for-17 shooting. He also grabbed nine boards.
“Talagang binuhos niya lahat,” Agustin said of his prized forward.
Trailing by 13, 75-62 early in the fourth, B-Meg cut the deficit to just six points, 82-76 with four minutes and 39 seconds left.
But seven unanswered Petron points — five coming from Washington — doused the fire and finally gave them an insurmountable lead.
The Booster’s Jojo Duncil was ejected late in the second quarter after being assessed a flagrant foul two for tripping B-Meg’s Josh Urbiztondo in a loose ball situation.
Remorseful, Duncil said what he did was for his teammates.
“Sana nagising sila sa nangyari,” Duncil said at the dugout in the third quarter. “Sana hindi negative ang kalalabasan nito para sa team ko.”
The heated affair seemed to favor the Boosters.
“Yung momentum napunta sa amin (after the incident),” Agustin said. “Basketball is a physical game. I told them not to lose focus.”
Duncil, who is expected to be fined for his action, said he has no bad blood against Urbiztondo.
“Nadala lang ako sa emosyon, sa init ng laro. Pero wala namang personalan.”
He doesn’t care if people would label him a dirty player.
“Kung ano nakita nila, wala na ako magagawa dun. May bawi naman eh.”
Import Eddie Basden added 22 points for Petron.
Marqus Blakely scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half for B-Meg.
But his production wasn’t enough as the Llamados lost for the second time in seven outings. They are still in second place behind Rain or Shine, which won earlier.
PETRON 92 - Washington 29, Basden 22, Miranda 10, Lutz 8, Yeo 8, Santos 7, Cabagnot 6, Pena 2, Hontiveros 0, Ildefonso 0.
B-MEG 80 - Blakely 28, Yap 15, Reavis 12, Simon 9, Urbiztondo 8, Pingris 4, Intal 2, De Ocampo 2, Barroca 0, Villanueva 0.
Quarterscores: 23-23, 50-41, 75-62, 92-80