JOSH Urbiztondo said defense was the best offense for Barako Bull when it beat Meralco, 108-106, on Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The spitfire Energy guard benefited the most as he scattered 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting, 4-of-8 from three-point land, on top of three boards, three steals, and two assists in 27 minutes off the bench.
“We got our rhythm on offense through our defense,” Urbiztondo said. “We were getting stops and teammates were finding me and once I hit one, tuloy-tuloy na yun.”
“Luckily, they kept finding me and the ball was going in for me tonight,” added the Filipino-American playmaker, who scored 13 of his output in the fourth quarter alone.
While they let the Bolts convert 51 percent of their shots, the Energy forced their opponents to commit 19 turnovers that turned into 18 points and 19 fastbreak points.
The 6-foot-2 combo guards's personal production was stil a far cry from Gary David's 40-point explosion, but it was enough to get the win.
“(I felt) really good (coming into the game),” Urbiztondo said. “Of course, every player likes to play well, but for me, most importantly it’s to get the win.”
“We show character every night,” he added. “We’re two-and-two, but in the losses, we were showing character also. Hopefully we’ll just keep on going uphill.”