The Barako Bull Energy outlasted the Globalport Batang Pier, 123-114, to stay on top of the standings on Sunday in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The 7-foot-2 Canadian import of Barako Liam McMorrow had a monstrous outing that carried them to victory. McMorrow, the league leader in rebounding this conference, tallied 41 points including 19 out of 22 free throws attempted. He also grabbed 27 rebounds and three steals in their second consecutive win to help the Energy squad retain the solo top position.
Joseph Yeo also played a noteworthy double-double and was named player of the game for his 19 points and 10 assists.
Barako played efficiently since the opening tip, starting the game off with an 11-1 scoring run. McMorrow led the way with a dominating 18 points and 17 rebounds in the first half.
Global Port retaliated with a blitz of their own, to close out the half with the lead at 50-48.
It wasn’t until the last two minutes of the third quarter when Barako retook the lead. They finished the quarter with a 17-5 scoring run to put them up 87-80. The Barako Bull squad blocked any attempt at a Batang Pier comeback from that point.
Global Port’s in-and-out game kept them within striking distance. The stellar play of import Jarrid Famous and Terrence Romeo had a lot to play in their offense with Famous tallying 32 points and 22 rebounds, while Romeo logged 30 points and dished out six assists.
Barako’s 6-1 win-loss record still holds the top spot in the conference, while Global Port sinks to a 4-4 record.