SLR 111, TnT 96

On: 12 July 2008

PBA Fiesta Cup

Sta. Lucia stayed on course for a possible season sweep as the Realtors survived the wildcard plays, getting past the Alaska Milk Aces and the Talk n Text Phone Pals.

The Realtors, the All-Filipino rulers, played with great resolve for a second straight knockout game Friday night, pulling off a 111-96 victory over the Phone Pals to advance to the 2008 Smart PBA Fiesta Conference quarterfinals versus the Barangay Ginebra Kings.

Lee Benson, Kelly Williams, Bitoy Omolon and Joseph Yeo all produced huge numbers as the Realtors booted the Pals out to complete the quarterfinals cast that will also feature the Coca-Cola Tigers and the Magnolia Beverage Masters.

The best-of-three quarters start Sunday at the Astrodome with the Tigers and the Beverage Masters clashing at 4:30 p.m. then the Realtors and the Kings mixing it up at 6:50 p.m.

Benson, who declared before the game that it's his last game win and lose, terribly outclassed Terrence Leather, coming through with 27 points and 26 rebounds in 44 minutes of play.

Yeo had another outstanding off-the-bench game, logging a second straight career-high output with 29 points. Williams contributed 23 points and nine rebounds while Omolon chipped in 18 points and seven rebounds.

But the Realtors couldn't celebrate fully as they later learned of Benson's pronouncement.

"We don't have a new import coming. If he decides to go home, we'll have no import against Ginebra Sunday," said Sta. Lucia coach Boyet Fernandez.

Williams, the league leading MVP contender, believed everything will be fine, hopeful they can still make a good run at a second straight championship.

"We'll have a good chance against Ginebra. We've proven last conference that if we work hard together we can beat any team in the league. Ginebra will be no different," said Williams.

Work hard together the Realtors did last night as they dominated the Phone Pals practically all night.

After splitting with the Realtors the first two baskets then falling behind, the Phone Pals only drew level again at 57-all midway through the third quarters largely behind the efforts of Jimmy Alapag who finished with a game-high 30 points.

Yeo, however, had his own exploits coming off the bench enabling the Realtors to reestablish control towards the end of the third then hanging on to win the game.

Dominating the boards and scoring heavily on putbacks, the Realtors enjoyed a 13-point lead in one instance in the second quarter before settling for a 49-41 spread at the half.

The Realtors used an 11-to-nothing run capped by a three-pointer by Williams to open the 13-point spread at 41-28.

But Jimmy Alapag fired nine straight points as against a single twinner from Williams as the Pals narrowed the gap at 37-43.

The prolific Fil-Am guard went 3-of-4 from the three-point area and totaled 12 points in the second period after held scoreless in the opening period by Omolon.(Source: PBA Site)

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