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    JC Intal sad to see big game against former team Ginebra go for naught

    Jan 13, 2014
    JC Intal says Barako Bull should learn to finish teams off in the endgame. Jerome Ascano

    DESPITE yet another endgame meltdown, veteran swingman JC Intal believes Barako Bull is still capable of pulling off an upset in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup so long as the Energy take care of their last elimination round game against Alaska on Sunday.

    Intal, the 6-foot-4 forward out of Ateneo, finished two rebounds short of a double-double in a heartbreaking 83-90 loss to league-leader Barangay Ginebra in Sunday’s main game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    “We fell short in the dying minutes. We were leading by 10 (points) I think, eh they (Gin Kings) hit their three-point shots din. They were able to adjust,” said Intal after the team dropped its eighth loss in 13 games. 

    “It’s a do-or-die game for us (against Alaska). Focus namin ngayon is Alaska. Sayang talaga against Ginebra,” added the former Ginebra player.

    At 5-8, the Energy face the equally struggling  Aces (4-9) in a do-or-die match on Friday, a game that will determine the playoff fates of both teams.

    Intal said the Energy prepared so hard for their zone defense, a weapon that helped them that allowed Barako Bull to take a 68-60 lead in the third quarter.

    But with Ginebra’s gunners going on target from beyond the arc in the final period, and getting the much-needed defensive spark from pint-sized playmaker Emman Monfort, Barako Bull was denied in the end.

    “Siguro kailangan lang naming ma-polish pa` yung zone defense namin and ma-control namin ang rebounds,“ noted the high-flying forward, selected fourth overall in the 2007 Rookie Draft.

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    Intal, who has been plagued by injuries the past season, is averaging career-high numbers of 10.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 24.4 minutes this season.

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    JC Intal says Barako Bull should learn to finish teams off in the endgame. Jerome Ascano
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