Benson Stays to Lead Realtors vs Kings

On: 13 July 2008

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The Philippine Star, 13 July 2008

Lee Benson is showing up tonight as All-Filipino ruler Sta. Lucia Realty continues its drive for a season sweep, facing Barangay Ginebra in Game One of their Smart PBA Fiesta Conference best-of-three quarterfinals showdown at the Astrodome.

It turned out all’s well between Benson and Sta. Lucia. The two parties cleared things up after they survived the wildcard round with a 111-96 win over Talk n Text Friday at the Ynares Center.

“Everything is fine. There’s no problem between Lee and the management. It was a case of miscommunication among Lee, his Puerto Rican agent and a representative here,” said Sta. Lucia top official Buddy Encarnado.

“The Puerto Rican agent had doubts about his conduit here. He called up, pressuring us to give Benson his passport, plane ticket and advanced payment. But I told him that should not be the case as we have rules here, and the player is ready to follow,” Encarnado added.

The Realtors were in high spirits in practice yesterday, hopeful they could sustain the momentum of their stirring victories over the Alaska Milk Aces and the Phone Pals in the wildcard round.

Benson himself was upbeat, excited on his match-up with Chris Alexander whom he knows from way back.

Alexander, the seven-foot Ginebra import, leads the league in scoring and in blocks but Benson has proven he can deliver specially when his team is pushed to the wall. The latter had a huge double-double game against Talk n Text.

The third-ranked Barangay Ginebra and ninth seeded Sta. Lucia slug it out for the right to play second ranked Red Bull in the semifinals. The Kings rallied from the cellar all the way to No. 3 on a six-game closing romp in the elimination round.

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