In-form Barako takes win No. 2 as McMorrow spells more sorrow for Blackwater
Liam McMorrow of Barako Bull jockeys for position with Marcus Douthit. Jerome Ascano

BARAKO Bull extended the misery of Blackwater with a 105-90 decision on Sunday for its second straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Energy zoomed to a fast start with a 21-point first-quarter lead and never looked back, sending the lackluster Elite crashing to a third straight blowout loss.

Liam McMorrow sustained his dominant play with 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting, 15 boards, three steals, and one assist in 32 minutes, while Carlo Lastimosa emerged the best local by firing a career-high 18 points for Barako, which gained a share of the lead with Alaska and Globalport.

The Elite are stuck at the bottom with an average losing margin of 21.7 points.

“I thought we did a good job in respecting our opponent,” said Energy coach Koy Banal, whose team is off to another promising start after beginning the Commissioner’s Cup with three straight victories. “I just reminded them that they’re just not going to give it up.”

McMorrow heated up early and conspired with JC Intal with nine points each in the first quarter as the duo outscored the entire Elite output in the period (11).

The Energy were in cruise control from there on as they maintained a double-digit cushion that ballooned to 27, 95-68, courtesy of a Dylan Ababou three-pointer with eight minutes and 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The Elite could only come to as close as 15 points, 95-80, after banking on a late 12-0 salvo, capped by a bucket by JP Erram, who was one of the few bright spots for his team with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Elite import Marcus Douthit put up another double-double of 21 points and 13 boards on top of four blocks, two steals, and one assist in 41 minutes for naught as they fell into a hole too deep to climb out of.


The scores:

BARAKO 105 – McMorrow 23, Lastimosa 18, Intal 17, Yeo 8, Maierhofer 7, Hubalde 6, Garcia 4, Pascual 4, Lanete 4, Wilson 4, Sorongon 4, Ababou 3, Chua 2, Forrester 1, Salva 0

BLACKWATER 90 – Douthit 21, Erram 12, Heruela 12, Gamalinda 12, Cervantes 9, Salvacion 9, Ballesteros 4, Celiz 3, Bulawan 3, Acuna 3, Reyes 2, Laure 0

Quarterscores: 32-11, 55-42, 87-65, 105-90

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