PETRON castoffs Denok Miranda and Dorian Peña made a statement when they brought their A-game on Wednesday night in leading Barako Bull past their former team, 92-88, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Miranda, who was injured when the two teams first met last month, finally suited up this time as he proved vital in the endgame where the Energy Cola overhauled a deficit to hold off the Boosters.
In all, the 30-year-old playmaker scored 11 points, including seven in the final frame, and missed a double-double by one assist in his first game against his former team.
Bu the former Far Eastern University star guard insisted he has no axe to grind against the Boosters, who traded him in the offseason for a draft pick.
“Walang personalan,” Miranda told Spin.ph after the game. “Basketball lang. Syempre matagal na tayo sa liga, ganun talaga yung trabaho namin.”
“Sinusuklian ko lang yung management sa tiwala nila sa amin,” he added.
Peña, however, made no effort to hide the fact that he takes extra pleasure in beating his former team.
“This win is what you can call ‘sweet’,” said the veteran center, who only had nine points and eight boards in the Energy Cola’s 90-96 loss to Petron last December 4.
He was definitely more active on Wednesday night when he scattered a game-high 18 points, 10 boards, three assists, and one steal.
Miranda said it still felt weird now that he’s on the other side of the turf.
“Magkakalaban na kami. New look na,” said the former Booster. “Dati magkakasama kami, ngayon magkakabantayan na kami. Nakakapanibago lang.”