2006-2007 Season

On: 07 August 2007

In the off-season, Sta. Lucia had a big dispute with their point guard Alex Cabagnot, after the latter returned to the before a scheduled postseason team meeting. After months of failing to communicate with the team, and also playing for a Los Angeles-based summer league squad, the team handed out an indefinite suspension. But Cabagnot has since mended fences with the Realtors management and was able to play during the season.

During the 2006 PBA Draft, the Realtors selected Filipino-American Kelly Williams as its first overall pick in the draft. They also nabbed Mark Isip (6th overall) and Mark Magsumbol (13th overall) in the said draft.

In the Philippine Cup, Sta. Lucia was able to pull off a surprising start in the conference, due to great performances by their younger player such Williams, Cabagnot and veterans Marlou Aquino, Dennis Espino and Kenneth Duremdes. However, a late slump followed a one-game playoff loss to Purefoods relegated the Realtors in the wildcard phase. Despite a 1-2 win-loss record, Sta. Lucia was able to gain a berth in a knockout game due to their superior record in both the classification and wildcard phase. The Realtors defeated the Air21 Express 121-118 to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since the 2003 Reinforced Conference. However, Sta. Lucia lost 3-1 to Red Bull in the five-game series despite a Game 1 victory.

After the tournament, Al Francis Chua was relieved off his duties as head coach and was moved to a position as consultant. He was replaced by assistant coach Boyet Fernandez.

The Realtors paraded Rock Winston as import for the Fiesta Conference. They also made some changes in their line-up when they decided to deal Kenneth Duremdes, Alex Cabagnot and Ricky Calimag to Coca-Cola for Denok Miranda, Manny Ramos and a 2008 second round draft pick. However, these changes made little impact in improving the chances of the team. They ended the conference only better than Welcoat, which placed last.

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