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REALTORS GET BACK AT GIANTS




Johnson-led SLR forces 4-way logjam at 7-6, hands SMB outright semis berth

Sta. Lucia Realty outplayed Purefoods Tender Juicy in the second half and scored a 104-95 victory to wheel back into contention for at least a Top Four finish in the Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference classification round at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig Thursday night.

The Realtors built momentum in the third quarter and sustained the surge to the finish to end a three-game slide and force a four-way logjam at fourth with the Giants, the Burger King Whoppers and the Talk n Text Tropang Texters.


With identical 7-6 win-loss cards, all four teams need to win their final assignment to get a possible playoff crack at an outright semifinal berth or a place in the Top Four.

Burger King and Purefoods have each other as final assignment Sunday, the same day Sta. Lucia closes its preliminary-round stint versus San Miguel. Talk n Text has Alaska Milk as its last game.

Behind the hot hands of Anthony Johnson, Joseph Yeo and Dennis Espino, the Realtors opened a 15-point bulge at 86-71 and went on to get back at the Giants who dealt them a sorry 91-93 defeat in their previous tiff.

Johnson, Yeo and Espino all finished with at least 17 points with the returning Bitoy Omolon adding 16 and Denok Miranda 13.

Omolon missed their last three games due to chickenpox.

Sta. Lucia continued to miss the services of Kelly Williams but the Realtors got back on track with a steady shooting.

The Realtors posted its first double-digit spread in the game at 77-67 while converting 56 percent (9-of-16) of their shots in the third quarter as against the Giants' 24-percent (7-of-29) clip.

Espino, Yeo and Johnson came through with 9-3 run to close the quarter where Kerby Raymundo picked a fourth foul and later drew a technical infraction for continuous complaining.

Fouling out with 1:02 left to play, Raymundo took off his jersey while walking off the floor disappointed.

Marquin Chandler and James Yap led Purefoods with 14 and 12, respectively, while Johnson and Yeo had 13 apiece for Sta. Lucia as the two teams figured in a duel of runs in the first half ending in favor of the Giants at 47-46.

SLR led by three after the first quarter and opened the next period with a 6-2 binge for a 28-21 lead but Chandler and Yap teamed up in a fierce counterattack pushing Purefoods ahead at 47-43.

The Realtors made it a one-point game at halftime on a three-pointer by Ryan Reyes. (NC)

The scores:

Sta. Lucia 104 -- Johnson 27, Yeo 22, Espino 17, Omolon 16, Miranda 13, Reyes 3, Gonzales 3, Aquino 2, Jaime 0, Coronel 0, Daa 0.

Purefoods 95 -- Chandler 35, Yap J. 16, Raymundo 13, Cruz 7, Canaleta 5, Adducul 5, Simon 4, Robinson 3, Villaneuva 3, Alvarez 0, Yap R. 0.

Quarterscores: 22-19, 46-47, 77-67, 104-95


Source: http://www.pba.ph/content/view/2629/1/
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