Purefoods ends slide, clips Coca-Cola in Fiesta Cup

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Purefoods ends slide, clips Coca-Cola in Fiesta Cup




MANILA, Philippines – Purefoods parried Coca-Cola’s late charge and posted an 89-80 win Thursday night, finally putting an end to its losing woes in the Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Kerby Raymundo and Enrico Villanueva scored big baskets inside the final two-minute mark that kept at bay a Tigers side that rallied from as much as a 15-point deficit.

Raymundo hit a three-pointer that beat the shotclock with 47 seconds left, virtually sealing the outcome of the game, 84-77, and notching for the Giants only their first win in the team’s last four games. They are now 3-3 overall as they arrested a three-game slide.

Jahmar Thorpe led Purefoods with 22 points before fouling out late in the game. James Yap added 16 while Peter June Simon had 14.

The loss was the fourth straight for the Tigers (1-4) and spoiled new import James Penny’s comeback. Penny paced the team with 26 markers.

With Penny and Nic Belasco taking charge, Coca-Cola overhauled a 15-point deficit to close within 79-76 in the final 1:48 seconds.

But Villanueva scored on a hard drive 20 seconds later to stretch back the lead to five, before the Tigers threatened for the last time at 81-77 on Penny’s split charity.

The Giants led by as many as 77-62 early in the final quarter behind the hot hands of Roger Yap, Simon and Thorpe.

KG Canaleta brought the house down early in the second period when he scored on an alley hoop dunk off a perfect feed by Thorpe, stretching Purefoods’ lead to 29-21.

But the Tigers answered back thru Alex Cabagnot, who fired 10 straight points that tied the score at 31.

The Giants went on and settled for a 39-36 halftime lead as James Yap scored four of his 11 points and combined with Thorpe and Don Allado at the offensive end.

The Giants appeared ready to pull away from the Tigers at the onset, scoring the game’s first nine points.

But Mark Macapagal broke the ice for Coke by scoring three straight triples to close the gap at 13-9.


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Post on Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:49 pm by matrix

Giants halt skid

Purefoods, as it hoped for, got back on the winning track before the long Holy Week break.

The Giants bucked the early ouster on fouls by Jahmar Thorpe and Don Allado, snapping a three-game losing skid with an 89-80 win over the Coca-Cola Tigers and debuting import James Penny in the Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig Thursday night.

"We're happy to check our slump before taking a breather. Hopefully, we can sustain the momentum of this win at the resumption of our campaign after the Lenten season," said Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio.

Purefoods' next assignment is Burger King on April 15 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Giants jumped out of the starting gate, enjoyed a 15-point lead early in the fourth and held off a Coca-Cola chase at the finish to check their three-game slide.

Thorpe held his own against Penny before taking the early exit then Kerby Raymundo and Rico Villanueva took over in the crunch as the Giants ended their slump and improved their win-loss record to 3-3.

Penny, a former Red Bull import, had a decent debut for Coca-Cola but didn't get much support from his local teammates as the Tigers reeled to a fourth straight defeat, joining the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the cellar at 1-5.

The former Texas Christian U stalwart, fresh from the Mexican league, fueled a Coke rally, carrying the team to within three at 76-79 with 1:48 left to play.

But the Giants averted a total collapse, banking on Villanueva and Raymundo for the clutch baskets in eventually scuttling Coca-Cola's bid.

The Tigers have gone winless in their last four games.

Thorpe made 22 points in his second game since taking over from Brian Hamilton as Purefoods import. James Yap, Peter June Simon and Raymundo added at least 10 points each.

Raymundo tossed in 10 points, including a key three-pointer making it 84-77 for Purefoods with time down to 29.9 seconds.

The Giants took control most of the way, starting the game with a 9-0 run and enjoying their biggest spread at 77-62 early in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers didn't taste the lead until they opened the second half with a four-to-zero binge capped by a thunderous jam by Penny.

They stretched their lead to 42-39 before the Giants had a counter run to regain the upper hand at 49-42. (NC)

The scores:

Purefoods 89 -- Thorpe 22, Yap J. 16, Simon 14, Raymundo 10, Villanueva 7, Alvarez 7, Yap R. 4, Allado 4, Vergara 3, Canaleta 2.

Coke 80 -- Penny 26, Cabagnot 12, Taulava 12, Belasco 9, Macapagal 9, Telan 8, Dimaunahan 2, Calimag 2, Catli 0, Buenafe 0.

Quarterscores: 22-13, 39-36, 69-60, 89-80.


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