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A DIFFERENT, MORE COMMITTED JC

04:28 PM May 11, 2015

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BARAKO Bull is off to a flying start in the season-ending PBA Governors’ Cup, thanks to veteran wingman JC Intal’s inspired plays early in the conference.

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The athletic Intal, who is expecting his first baby with wife Bianca, averaged career-high numbers of 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds during the Energy’s 2-0 start for the Governors’ Cup.

Energy coach Koy Banal believes Intal’s energetic start has a lot to do with his commitment to improve his game this season.

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“Ibang iba ang mindset niya (Intal) coming to this conference kasi even sa practice, he’s going hard,” said Banal, whose team whipped NLEX, 101-96, to kick off its Governors’ Cup campaign, before waylaying Blackwater, 105-90, on Sunday.

The former Ateneo Blue Eagle forward opened the conference with a double-double, registering a PBA career-best 24 points, along with 11 rebounds against the Road Warriors.

Intal actually scored 14 points in the final period, knocking down two crucial three-point shots in that stretch to douse cold water to NLEX’s searing endgame rally.

Banal said Intal’s leadership and all-heart approach in practice has translated to the games so far.

The 31-year-old Intal then scored 17 points, going 7-of-10 from the field and three-of-four from three-point zone in an efficient 19-minute effort.

Intal’s fiery start this conference made him the first Accel-PBA Press Corps. Player of the Week, beating GlobalPort sophomore guard Terrence Romeo.

“Buo yung loob niya saka decisive siya sa gagawin niya,” added the Barako Bull coach.

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Barako Bull hopes to keep the winning streak going on Friday when it faces newly-crowned Commissioner’s Cup champion Talk ‘N Text at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. (RD)

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