RENALDO Balkman’s roll keeps going and so does Petron Blaze’s.

Balkman scattered a game-high 33 points and pointed the Boosters to a cruising 91-78 victory over Barako Bull Sunday that was Petron’s fifth straight in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Arwind Santos, Ronald Tubid and June Mar Fajardo provided ample support and enabled Petron head coach Olsen Racela to go one-up over former co-head coach and team consultant Rajko Toroman, who currently calls the shots for Barako Bull as active consultant.

“The thing with coach Rajko, it’s all about execution,” said Racela. “It’s about how to set screens, timing, everything. In this game it helped that my players know his plays. But he ran different plays throughout this game.”

Disrupting those Energy Cola plays most was Balkman, who pulled off four of the Boosters seven steals while adding 14 rebounds and four assists in a sterling all-around effort.

Understandably, Racela can’t say enough about the dreadlocked Puerto Rican-American. “That’s how a great a defender Rey is,” he said.

“He can defend all positions. He has great instincts, that’s why he got a lot of interceptions. Like I’ve said before, he’s the catalyst, the leader of this team, especially on the defensive end. His intensity and energy rubbed off on all his teammates.”

“That’s just how I am,” said the former New York Knick, who is the shortest import now at 6-foot-6.

“I play every game like it was my last. If I can get my teammates going then I get going, too. I maybe the shortest but I’ve got the biggest heart. For me, it’s all about winning. I’m the type of person who wants to get it going, that defense eschews to offense.”

The loss was the second straight and third in six games overall for Barako, notwithstanding the 20 points, second conference-best 24 rebounds and four blocked shots by Evan Brock, one of those swats against Balkman.

Save for the 17 points of former San Miguel player Danny Seigle and the 12 of Sean Anthony, the other Energy Cola failed to provide the much-needed support. Mick Pennisi could have helped but was reportedly in a hospital due to an unspecified illness.

Top Barako Bull local scorer Josh urbiztondo was held to just six points, 11 below his average, after being stymied by the defense anchored on Tubid.

Balkman had plenty of help as Santos added 14 points while Fajardo and Tubid combined for 20 points and 14 rebounds in the victory that was fashioned more easily than a 60-53 win over Air21 last Friday.

But not after some queasy moments that saw Barako Bull whittle what was once a 25-point deficit to just 12, the last at 68-76.

It was Balkman as expected to the rescue as he completed a three-point play and Tubid knocked in a triple and completed a four-point play off Allein Maliksi to make it an irrepressible 86-68 count, only 2:47 left.

That last triple gave Tubid entry into the 5,000 Points Club, where he is now its 66th member. He was however only the ninth to accomplish it in a San Miguel Beer or Petron Blaze uniform.

A good glimpse of the victory was had as early as the second period before taking full shape in the third.

Santos fired nine of his points and Balkman seven during Petron’s sustained charge from a 45-27 halftime lead and gave the Boosters their biggest lead at 66-41, 2:26 left in the penultimate quarter.

Prior to that, Balkman also spearheaded a massive 20-5 exchange which had Joseph Yeo, Marcio Lassiter, Santos and Dorian Pena as supporting cast that plucked Petron from a tight 25-22 count. (NC)

The scores:

PETRON BLAZE 91 – Balkman 33, Santos 14, Fajardo 10, Tubid 10, Lassiter 6, Miranda 4, Pena 4, Lanete 3, Yeo 3, Washington 3, Sison 1, Faundo 0.

BARAKO BULL 78 – Brock 20, Seigle 17, Anthony 12, Maliksi 9, Urbiztondo 6, Macapagal 5, Allado 5, Villanueva 4, Weinstein 0, Kramer 0, Intal 0.

Quarterscores: 21-16, 45-27, 68-47, 91-78

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  • pamboykits

    panisss na2mn barako hayyy..go go petron..!

  • pamboykits

    next alaska wawa nman 4 d 1st time mabubutasan record nyo..apply nyo na lahat ng alam nyo sa basketbol cgurado panisssss kayoooo……..!nyahahahaha!

    • ryan

      asa naman ang petron sa alaska..

    • akura

      basta patas lang tawagan,,,wag lang masyado bbigyan ng break ng reperi ni abweba,,,mgiging mganda laban,

    • Wesley Fetalvero Trivinio

      asa ka pa..

    • sanaw

      asa ka! nga2x yn sa alaska

  • Josephace Angtapang

    ready na kayo sa alaska. hahahahaha

  • macky

    wla ba replay d2?? sayng

  • Leonardo L Torres

    si coach toroman ba pag natatalo ang barako ay sinasabi pa din ,’this is my team and my style of play’?

  • jasmatrix

    True test to petron’s toughness and chemistry is just coming in their next three games. Aces – the top/unbeaten team (as of now, since they’ll be facing SMCM for the wednesday game), did the boosters win against the aces last AFC?, then they will have ROS (a tough matchup for any team) and then TNT (a team they haven’t beaten for a while now). These 3 games could easily spell a 3 game losing streak for the boosters (well, as a petron fan, I defineitely hope not). I hope petron will prepare themselves for their next three games since the team they beat for this 5 game W streak are if not bad teams are struggling teams. Its just good to know that they beat almost all those teams badly. =)

    • akura

      just hope to have fair calls from the officials,,,,especially when petron faces alaska,,,

      • redhorsean

        bakit alaska player ba yung mga ref nang pba ngayun??

        • akura

          baket?me nbasa kba ng gnun sa post ko???isip,,bago react

          • redhorsean

            mag isip ka rin muna bago mgpost nang comment.parang ang dami mo nang alam sa pba ahh??sports lang ang basketbol.wag mong sisihin mga ref kng ano ang kahihitnan nang laro.

          • akura

            kung talagang nag iisip k din habang nanunuod,,ma iintindihan mo sinasabe ko,,,saka kanya kanyang opinyon yan..wlang basagan ng trip,,,maka alaska ka cguro no.. :P

          • redhorsean

            yun ohhh..e ikaw naiintindihan mo sinasabi mo??ikaw na nagsabi na kanya2yang opinion opinion ko rin yun.kung ayaw mabasag ang trip mo,wag na wag mo isisi sa mga ref yung pgkatalo nyu.all star yung mga player nyu tas saan kayo nung AFC?

          • akura

            asa,,,cnu me sabe petron team na gusto ko?

          • redhorsean

            may sinabi ba ako petron ka??parang guilty ka?

      • sanaw

        humanda yn sa alaska, kpag natalo yn ng alaska magsilabas kyung mata2linong fans ng petron..

    • RonAldo

      yah true test will be coming in the next 3 games of petron. tnx 2 SUPERBALKMAN 4 d 5 game winning streak.he’s really fighting lyk “it’s his last”(from his interview). Petron just need 2 protect their lead. Especially that they make big leads in the 1st to 3rd quarter. Alaska is their WATERLOO. They’ve been beaten twice last AFC where they were leading in all of the quarters but lost the game. Petron must take note that when they have big lead entering the 4th period their opponent would naturally seek for vengeance & catch the lead in fast-paced plays. They’re like hungry lions looking 4 someone to devour.They must know how to run & fight 4 their lives. They must learn 2 protect & keep the lead or else they’ll die.

  • jose antonio calderon

    oo dapat manalo lagi ang petron kundi aabot ng P100/liter ang gasolina

  • jose antonio calderon

    ang paghaharap ng mga mayayabang arwind vs calvin..puro kapampangan

  • Clark Rivas

    I hope it continous winning streak for the PETRONEVERSE… go… go.. go.. PETRON because PETRON is thirsty for the championship…

  • JhunPyo

    may mapapala kaya sila sa pag aaway dito, manuod na lang kaya kayo, dam niyo pa sinasabi e

  • andrew baje

    d nmn magyayabang kung walang pinagyayabang kya pare inggit ka lng sa kanila

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