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Published on November 7, 2011

BARAKO Bull registered the most lopsided win in franchise history, wallopping Powerade squad 117-78 Sunday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

Sunday Salvacion scored 20 points and Willie Miller had 16 on top of five assists in leading the Energy's explosive show and bounce-back performance after a 72-93 loss to Alaska last Wednesday. 

 "In our opening game against Petron, we lost by double digits and we responded well by winning our next four games. We lost to Alaska by 21 points and we responded well again tonight," said Barako coach Junel Baculi. 

"I think this shows they (Energy) are capable of bouncing back from a humiliating and humbling loss. They vowed to return with a bang and they did," he added. 

It was the fifth win in seven games for the Energy, keeping them at third-running spot. The loss was a rather unexpected one for Powerade, which is coming off a 108-94 win over Petron Blaze a week ago, dropping it to a3-4 slate. 

 Paul Artadi added 14 points and Leo Avenido 12 and both typified Barako's tough defensive stance by helping stifle Jayvee Casio, Gary David and Marcio Lassiter. 

 David, who was averaging 22.8 points per contest and coming off a new career-high 42-point performance against Petron, was held to a conference-low five points before leaving the game for good as early as the last four minutes of the third period due to sprain off a drive. 

Casio was limited to just four points on 2-of-7 field shooting, compared to Artadi's 6-of-8, while Lassiter wound up with just nine points on 3-of-9 shooting. 

 The difference ballooned to as much as 105-52 as Barako Bull flirted with breaking the league's all-time record of a 55-point winning margin, set when U-Tex beat Great Taste 154-99 in the 1980 All-Filipino conference. 

 Baculi opted to field mostly seldom-used players in the stretch, however, with his thoughts already focused on how to prepare for leader Rain or Shine in their Friday match. 

He admitted the one-sided outcome did surprise him. "I was not expecting a blowout," he stated. "I think we did our homework well. I was a little bit surprised because Powerade beat Petron. We were wary of Gary exploding again. I think we played good defense on David." 

Just a game after being limited to team conference lows in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounds in a 72-93 loss to Alaska last Wednesday, Barako came out snorting fire against Powerade and took a 62-29 bulge at the half. 

There was no let-up on the Barako surge as Salvacion took the lead in the third period with eight of his points, although it was Pennisi's back-to-back short stabs that made it an 80-39 game before Dylan Ababou's putback gave them a 90-47 lead going into the last 12 minutes. 

Seigle scattered all of his 11 points in just eight minutes of action in the second period to lead a sustained charge. He followed up back-to-back triples by Avenido and Salvacion with seven straight points to give the Energy a 53-21 spread before Miller's own trey gave them their first 33-point lead at 56-23. 

 Ironically, it was in the second period that Powerade shot its best clip from the field, making seven of 20 shots. But that pales when compared to Barako's 14-of-21 shooting. 

 The Tigers missed 14 of their 19 shots in the first period and made only three of 19 attempts in the third. They made half of their 26 shots in the fourth, but that was when the outcome was completely beyond doubt. 

 All those conspired to make the lopsided win take shape early, with Salvacion and Artadi spearheading an 11-0 run that pulled Barako away from an 11-6 count and into a 22-6 lead. (NC) 

 The scores: 

 BARAKO BULL 117 - Salvacion 20, Miller 16, Artadi 14, Avenido 12, Seigle 11, Sorongon 7, Ababou 7, Arboleda 7, Pennisi 6, Allado 6, Salvador 4, Pena 4, Gatumbato 3. 

 POWERADE 78 - Anthony 13, Kramer 12, Lassiter 9, Antonio 9, Martinez 7, Vanlandingham 7, Calimag 6, David 5, Casio 4, Lingganay 2, Allera 2, Crisano 2, Cruz 0. Quarterscores: 27-13, 62-29, 90-47, 117-78


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