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Barako Bull responded strong after its 22-point loss to Alaska last Wednesday by whipping Powerade, 117-78, in the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

The Energy had a terrific offensive game, leading by as much as 53 points, before the Tigers salvaged some pride to close the gap late in the game.

Sunday Salvacion led all scorers with 20 points, Willie Miller added 16 while Paul Artadi contributed 14, 11 of which came in the first half, when Barako Bull sealed the outcome.

“We lost to Petron by double digits and we responded with four straight wins,” said Barako coach Junel Baculi. “We lost to Alaska by 22, we responded well with this win.”

“I’m a little bit surprised with the outcome because Powerade just beat Petron. We were wary of Gary David who exploded for 42 points in that game. We did our homework.”

David, who was averaging 22.8 points per game, was held to a personal tournament-low five points and came out of the game hobbling after stepping on the foot of Mick Pennisi in the third quarter. He did not return to the game.

Sean Anthony topscored for the Tigers with 13 points while Doug Kramer added 12. Powerade’s slipped to win-loss record dropped to 3-4.

The Energy led, 105-52, on Paul Sorongon’s two free throws with 8:22 left in the game and were poised looked on its way to set a new record winning margin.

The record is owned by U/Tex over Great Taste, 154-99, established on July 12, 1980. The last 50-point win in the PBA happened on November 16, 1986 when Shell defeated Tanduay, 154-100.

But the Barako Bull defense relaxed in the final six minutes, allowing Powerade to chalk up more points. The Tigers outscored the Energy, 31-27, in the fourth.

“We’re not thinking of the record. We just want to give other players chance to play to give them confidence,” said Baculi, whose team faces league-leader Rain or Shine next on Friday.

The scores:

BARAKO 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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