SLR 88, MBM 86

On: 07 April 2008

PBA Fiesta Cup

It was a victory that was partly handed down freely by the Magnolia Beverage Masters to the Sta. Lucia Realtors when they can only sink 45 percent of their shots from the 15-foot line (16-of-38).

Unable to address their woeful stint from the foul line Sunday night, the Beverage Masters lost for the second straight time in the 2008 Smart-PBA Fiesta Cup, falling prey to the Realtors, 88-86, in a wild-and-wooly game at the Ynares Center , Antipolo City.

It was a contest that was not decided until the final buzzer when the Beverage Masters Danny Seigle bungled the back end of his two free throws and Magnolia trailing, 86-87. The loss sent the Beverage Masters reeling down the cellar in a tie with Welcoat at 0-2, a stunning development early into the import-laden conference to a team sees by many as a major title threat.

Beverage Masters’ import Jameel Watkins and Seigle finished with 20 and 19 points respectively, but was a combined 9-of-25 from the free throw line.

Realtors’ import, Wesley Wilson, was again a towering presence for Sta. Lucia in the middle with 20 points, but clearly had a hard time guarding a mobile and equally-strong Watkins.

Wilson may have also revealed a chink in his armor as he has a tendency to put the ball on the floor 10-15 feet from the basket where smaller guards can easily stripped it from him.

Fortunately for the Realtors, Kelly Williams and sensational rookie Ryan Reyes came through for them with 20 and 14 points respectively. Williams countered each and every Beverage Masters' rally with three thunderous and timely alley hoop dunks from the passes of Dennis Miranda, Paolo Mendoza and Reyes. Reyes, on the other hand, capped his impressive performance with a free throw with 7 seconds left that proved to be the marginal basket, 88-86.

Counting their victory in the decisive Game 7 of the Finals, the Realtors have now won all of their last three matches.

Magnolia actually still has a chance to win the game, but Lordy Tugade’s three-pointer in the waning seconds missed its mark.

A tentative start had the Beverage Masters trailing by 17, 20-3, with seven minutes gone by in the game.

But soon after Seigle waxed hot, Magnolia was back into the game, even grabbing a 29-28 lead early into the second quarter.

They will not take the upperhand again until middle of the payoff period, 74-73, plus free throws and ball possession following a flagrant foul committed by Nelbert Omolon on Seigle.

Unfortunately, Seigle failed to capitalize as he missed his foul shots.

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