Chandler returns in style, leads Purefoods past Coca-Cola

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Chandler returns in style, leads Purefoods past Coca-Cola

MANILA, Philippines – The patience in waiting for old, reliable import Marquin Chandler seems to be worth it for the Purefoods Giants.

Chandler, unable to join the team right away due to a prior commitment in Korea, led the Giants to a morale-boosting 92-85 win over Coca-Cola Wednesday in the PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.

Coming in as the Giants third reinforcement after Jahmar Thorpe and Brian Hamilton, the 6’5" former Best Import awardee did not disappoint Purefoods, pumping in 30 points on top of 12 rebounds, four blocks and three assists.

Ably supporting Chandler was newly-crowned Three-Point King James Yap, who fired 22 markers, including a crucial trey that gave the Giants an 88-83 lead entering the final minute.

The Giants, who overcame a nine-point deficit in the third canto, improved to 5-4 and jumped to solo fourth behind San Miguel (7-0), Sta. Lucia (6-3) and Talk N Text (5-3).

James Penny, Chandler’s rival and tormentor during the 2007 Fiesta Conference finals, shot 17 points and shared top scoring roles with Nic Belasco for the Tigers, who were handled by assistant coach Bo Perasol in the absence of sore eyes-hit head coach Kenneth Duremdes.

The Tigers dropped to 2-6, just a shade ahead of league doormat Barako Bull. –GMANews.TV
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Post on Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:14 pm by aikohh018

Giants add to Tigers’ woes with come-from-behind win

THE dreary months Purefoods spent pining for Marquin Chandler's arrival are long gone. Now the Giants can only see good times ahead.

And Chandler showed the wait for him was well worth it, racking up a game-high 30 points and a team-best 12 rebounds in his first game back and, perhaps more importantly, prevented Purefoods from its usual implosion during tight games.

The result was a 92-85 win over Coca-Cola Wednesday in the resumption of the Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference after the All-Star break at the Araneta Coliseum, making Purefoods head coach Ryan Gregorio optimistic his team can achieve its lofty goal.

“We waited a long time for MC to come over and that's the reason why we patiently waited,” said Gregorio, whose team tinkered with two other reinforcements while their original choice played out his commitment with the Anyang KT & G Kites in Korea.

“He brings a lot of stability to our team and it was pretty much obvious today,” added Gregorio. “Hindi na nag-panic ang team.”

He was referring to the stretch in which Chandler pulled his team together by stringing up seven straight points during a crucial 10-2 surge that plucked the Giants out of a 76-77 bind and into an 86-79 lead.

Coke threatened anew at 83-86, but Purefoods had all the confidence, typified by a James Yap twinner and Peter June Simon's two charities that made it a safer 90-83 count, only 36.3 ticks left.

The win was Purefoods' fifth in nine games and with Chandler now in their fold Gregorio believes his team can achieve at least a top four placing at the end of the 14-game eliminations.

“I think we are pretty much excited about the whole thing. This is a good momentum shift for us. A top two is still available for us. The race is pretty much wide open. We will keep on pushing ourselves to the limit to make that top two at the end of this round,” he stated.

Yap was the only other double figure scorer with 22 points, but Gregorio drew at least two points from all but one of the 10 players he fielded.

The loss dropped Coke to a 2-6 win-loss record despite the second half explosion by James Penny that netted him 17 points and 13 rebounds in the end. Nic Belasco also had 17 points to go with eight rebounds but he was banished after his foul on Simon that was deemed as a Flagrant Foul-Penalty One, his second after drawing his first technical in the first period.

Alex Cabagnot added 13 points and six assists while Asi Taulava chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Penny, held to just a 2-for-6 first half field shooting, came alive in the third period, infecting his teammates in the process.

The man who powered Red Bull to the tournament's 2005-'06 title opposite Chandler and the Giants scored seven points on a perfect 3-for-3 field clip and Belasco and Ronjay Buenafe had five each as Coke unleashed one surge after another that propelled the Tigers to three 10-point spreads, the last at 71-61.

But Chandler, who also finished with four blocks, would not let Coke zoom that far ahead, stringing up three points to make it a very manageable seven-point difference going into the final quarter.

Things started looking bright for Purefoods when Coke missed its first six tries in the payoff period, enabling Chandler to lead the Giants back ahead at 72-71 and make it a seesawing game.

Chandler, on his third tour of duty for Purefoods following similar stints in the '05-06 and '07 editions of the same tournament, started showing his old fiery self in the second period when he scattered 10 points to keep Coke at bay.

He and James Yap actually carried much of the scoring load for the Giants in the first half after the Tigers came charging back from a 14-22 deficit in the opening quarter, mainly behind Belasco's 12 second period points.

Meanwhile, Burger King tries to arrest an alarming slide when it guns for a repeat against lowly Barako Bull Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The 4-5 Whoppers have lost their last three games and could snap out of that rut should they prevail over the Energy Boosters team they beat via a 123-110 count the first time they met March 18, helping drop the latter to a 2-7 slate.

The scores:

Purefoods 92 - Chandler 30, J.Yap 22, Adducul 9, Raymundo 9, Simon 8, Villanueva 5, Canaleta 4, Cruz 3, R.Yap 2, Robinson 0.

Coca-Cola 85 - Penny 17, Belasco 17, Cabagnot 13, Taulava 12, Telan 8, Buenafe 5, Macapagal 5, Catli 5, Dimaunahan 3, Rizada 0, Avenido 0.

Quarterscores: 22-14, 45-41, 64-71, 92-85

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