Semifinals Game 4: SLR 83, Alaska 90

On: 04 February 2008

They lost Game 4, but they showed a lot of pride and determination.

In what could make other teams just take it easy and go through the motion, the Sta. Lucia Realtors fought back from a 26-point deficit to bring it to a manageable 60-62 count on Marlou Aquino's charity, just inside the final 10 minutes. It was the most amazing comeback by any team this Conference so far and was fashioned in a swift and bold manner.

Prior to Sunday’s match, Sta. Lucia was averaging just 7.5 three-point shots made per game in the conference and came tantalizingly close to totaling that right in the second quarter when it made seven.

Williams took full advantage of the fast-paced action that never really let the defense form, booming in four of those triples to spark and fuel a 24-7 barrage that closed the gap to a very manageable 35-44 at the half.

Even Alaska Coach Time Cone could not hide his admiration for the Realtors.

“They (Realtors) could have began thinking about Game 5, but they did not. They made it a battle and my hats off to them,” said Cone.

“We know how good they are, how tough they are and they’re showing great character in that team. It’s tough to compete with that hunger and that’s something we have to do,” he added.

However, the Realtors lost steam in the fourth quarter to succumb to a 90-83 lost evened up their 2007-08 Smart PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at two games apiece at the Cuneta Astrodome.

One major factor that dealt the Realtors a sorry loss was their far from average 34.6 percent shooting from the floor. It was one of their lowest clip this Conference.

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