Rappler Fastbreak: Dunigan shines for Air21; Barako edges GlobalPort
Barako Bull Energy Cola (98) - (88) Global Port Batang Pier
Best: The ex-Llamados, Josh Urbiztondo and Jonas Villanueva, continued to shine for the Energy Cola, combining for 42 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 steals, and shooting 40% from beyond the arc. Somewhere, Tim Cone is probably scratching his head.
Worst: The Batang Pier had this one, up by 10 with about two minutes to go. They can blame nobody else but themselves, of course, for letting Barako back in it. Of course, the Batang Pier’s 21 turnovers (Barako has just 10) didn’t help either.
When it counts: Mark Macapagal hit only one field goal in the whole game, but he canned it when Barako needed it the most. With the Batang Pier up by three in the dying seconds, Macapagal received a pass in the far corner, faked off Justin Williams, stepped to the left, and let the three-point bomb fly. It hit home, and it set up a sublime overtime period that saw Barako outscore Global Port, 12-2.
Air21 Express (74) - (70) Bgy. Ginebra San Miguel Kings
Best: Former Perth Wildcat Michael Dunigan was just a beast, registering a monster double-double – 26 points, 19 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 3 assists. Also, he only committed 3 fouls in 47 minutes of play. #whatisefficiency
Worst: In contrast, Herbert Hill, Ginebra’s own import, shot just 29% from the field and 43% from the line. He did finish with his own double-double, but he also turned the ball over 6 times. #jutsoutplayed
You let us go, we’ll let it fly: Former Gin Kings Mike Cortez and John Wilson backstopped Dunigan with a strong combined effort of 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. Looks like the guys that were released or traded by the San Miguel Conglomerate are extra-motivated this conference.