SLR 117, TNT 96

On: 13 October 2008

PBA's 34th Season

After their first day loss to the Ginebra Kings, the Sta. Lucia Realtors went on a rampage and found the Talk N' Text a hapless victim. Shaking off the rust that was evident on their first game and in the first half of their second game, the Realtors pulled away in the second half to post a 117-96 win over the Tropang Texters last night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Nelbert Omolon who seems to be out-of-sync the game before and who still could not find rhythm in the first half, scored all of his 24 points in the second half – 15 coming in the fourth quarter – to help the Realtors pull away.

Omolon shot 9-for-16 from the field and pulled down 7 rebounds, and Kelly Williams added 25, with 21 coming in the second half, to go along with 10 rebounds as the Realtors dealt a statement blow on a team that was looking to nail down a third straight win. Instead, Sta. Lucia picked up its first victory after a heart-breaking 89-86 defeat in their first game.

Ryan Reyes“It’s always nice to get a first win against a strong team,” said SLR coach Boyet Fernandez. “Our defense aganst (Jimmy) Alapag, (Mac-Mac) Cardona, (Ren-Ren) Ritualo and (Jared) Dillinger really worked and we were able to make our adjustments in the second half.”

Alapag, who scored 23 points in a 112-101 TNT win over Air21 last Thursday, was limited to 14 points this time and was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Ritualo was also handcuffed and failed to score in the second and third periods to finish with only 8 points.

Cardona led the Tropang Texters with 19 points, but the former Best Player of the Conference awardee committed a game-worst 9 turnovers. Overall, Talk ‘N Text had 23 errors to Sta. Lucia’s 14.

Ryan Reyes had a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists for the Realtors, who got two other players to score in double figures – Norman Gonzales (14) and Dennis Miranda (11).

Espino vs ReyesThe defending champion Realtors were only leading by 84-78 when the game suddenly turned into a lopsided one.

Yeo had a split, Williams fed Dennis Daa on a lay-up, and the reigning MVP knocked in a jumper from the left corner to give the Realtors a 90-78 spread with 7:22 left to play.

Then, from a 92-82 count, Omolon scored eight straight points as Sta. Lucia took a 100-82 commanding lead, the outcome now beyond doubt with merely 4:55 left in the game.

Omolon himself gave Sta. Lucia its biggest advantage of the match at 109-86 with 2:01 to go.

The Realtors surprisingly managed to keep abreast with the Tropang Texters in the first half despite shooting only 28.9 percent from the field (11-for-38), trailing by only 37-36 at the break.

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