Do or Die Game Again: SLR vs TnT

On: 11 July 2008

Yeo vs Cardona

By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star, 11 July 2008

Talk n Text and Sta. Lucia are expected to figure in a fierce battle in the final knockout stage of the Smart PBA Fiesta Conference wildcard plays with Terrance Leather spared of suspension but fined PhP 62,400 for sparking the fracas in the TnT-Purefooods match Wednesday.

The Pals and the Realtors knock each other out at 7 p.m. at the Ynares Center with the winner advancing to the quarterfinal round versus the Barangay Ginebra Kings.

The Pals will be playing in full force, led by their prolific but temperamental import who escaped suspension despite yet another on-court outburst triggering the melee in the Antipolo sports venue two days ago.

A total of PhP 244,400 in fines was assessed to eight players in the aftermath of the incident.

Leather drew a fine of PhP 40,000 for throwing the ball to Jondan Salvador, PhP 20,000 for a fighting stance and chasing James Yap on the court, and PhP 2,400 for two technical fouls.

Two other Talk n Text players in Kalani Ferreria and Gilbert Lao were fined PhP 20,000 each for leaving their bench and rushing to the court during the commotion.

Yap drew the biggest fine (PhP 50,000) among the Giants for kicking the Pals import during the melee. Enrico Villanueva (PhP 33,000), Kerby Raymundo (PhP 30,000), Rob Sanz (PhP 28,000) and Jondan Salvador (PhP 1,000) had their own fines for their involvement in the fight.

Leather, a versatile 6-foot-9 player who leads the league in scoring, is likely to create match-up problems for Sta. Lucia.

Sta. Lucia coach Boyet Fernandez, however, is hopeful his troops can pick up from where they left off versus Alaska Milk Wednesday.

Joseph Yeo came through with a career-high 27 points while Kelly Williams delivered when it counted most as the Realtors fashioned out a come-from-behind 99-86 win to dethrone the Fiesta Cup title-holder Aces.

Williams, the prolific sophomore pro out of University of Oakland-Detroit, is looking to extend their season and enhance his bid for the coveted MVP award.

"With or without Leather, we really have to play tough against Sta. Lucia," said Talk n Text coach Chot Reyes.

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