SLR 80, TnT 90

On: 20 May 2008

PBA Fiesta Cup

Last Saturday (17 may 2008) in Cagayan de Oro City, was the day that Sta. Lucia Realtors' import, Wesley Wilson, would soon like to forget, but Talk N' Text Phone Pals' Macmac Cardona would rather cherished. Cardona played like an import against the Realtors while Wilson struggled from start to finished.

Cardona erupted for 31 points, and Talk n Text held off a fiery fourth-quarter uprising of the Sta. Lucia locals, pulling off a 90-80 win in a 2008 Smart PBA Fiesta Conference road showcase at the Xavier University gym.

The Pals nearly blew away a 22-point margin but steadied themselves up at the finish to notch their fifth win in their last six games.

Upending the Realtors on a nine-to-nothing closing run, the Pals now shared the best record with the Red Bull squad (7-3), after the latter lost to the Alaska Milk Aces last Sunday.

With Wilson already riding the bench, the Realtors rallied to within one, at 78-79 and 80-81, only to bungle their comeback bid which could have moved them two rungs up to second at 6-3.

Instead, Sta. Lucia slid to joint fourth with Magnolia and Air21 at 5-4.

Aaron McGhee did a decent job, scoring 19 points, including five free throws in their killer homestretch run in this out-of-town setto sponsored by Hanes.

Talk n Text jumped the gun on Sta. Lucia, 18-6, and led by as many as 22 points, 66-44, with the Pals exploiting Wilson’s lackadaisical performance.

It took Sta. Lucia the valiant efforts of their local warriors as the Realtors waged an uprising, closing in at 72-75 with still five minutes left to play.

A six-to-nil SLR roll courtesy of Ryan Reyes, Bitoy Omolon and Kelly Williams had the Realtors coming within one at 78-79 with time down to 2:38.

However, after Don Allado and Williams traded two points each, the Realtors lost their sting, apparently spending themselves on their rally from the depth of a 22-point deficit.

Sta. Lucia went scoreless in the last 1:48 of play, missing four field-goal attempts and committing an error.

Wilson finished with only nine points in his so-so game. Omolon topscored for the team with 13.

At 78-79, the Realtors had a chance to go ahead but Williams missed a forced shot against three defenders underneath the basket.

The Pals rifled in a hail of three-points in a fiery start that had them taking the opening quarter at 22-16 and the first half at 47-33.

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