Barako Bull overcame an early 18-point deficit to nip Globalport Batang Pier, 98-97, on Sunday in the 38th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup Elimination round at the Araneta Coliseum.
Michael Singletary finished with 43 points including 12 and two triples in the fourth period on top of 12 rebounds and five assists, to lead Barako Energy Cola’s fourth win in six outings.
Barako Bull moved to second spot, just a game behind Petron Blaze, which is
toting a 5-1 slate.
“I have to admit that we were lucky. Globalport was better in three quarters. It was very difficult to stay in the game with only one player offensively,” said Barako
Bull coach Rajko Toroman. “We were 18 points down, we didn’t stop to play and finally I found the best five to win. Enrico Villanueva stepped up on the floor. I hope on Tuesday we can be in a better shape.”
After trailing by 15 going into the pivotal period, the Energy Cola tightened its defense and held Batang Pier to only two points for more than three minutes.
Import Markeith Cummings broke Batang Pier’s silence on a drive but Danny Seigle scored a basket and Singletary connected a triple to tie the game at 90-all.
It was a heartbreaking loss for coach Junel Baculi, whose team seemed headed for a big win as Globalport raced to 75-57 on Cummings’ triple in the third quarter.
Batang Pier, which finished the last two conferences at the bottom of the standing, dropped to the 9th position with a 2-4, a win ahead of cellar dweller Air 21 Express.
Also contributing heavily for Energy Cola were Mark Macapagal, who fired 11, Seigle settled with 10 and nine from Ronjay Buenafe.
Cummings finished with 40 points.