SLR 69, PF 66

On: 20 October 2008

PBA's 34th Season

Defending champion Sta. Lucia Realtors sent the Giants reeling to their third straight loss last 18 October, 69-66, in a KFC-PBA Philippine Cup out-of-town game at the Panabo Multi-Purpose Tourism, Cultural and Sports Center, Panabo City, Davao.

Two costly turnovers in the stretch run doomed the Giants, now 1-3 overall after losing for the third straight game.

Holding to a slim 61-60 lead after trailing for most of the game, the Giants saw their fortune turned around after Roger Yap committed a technical foul off Ryan Reyes after the Sta. Lucia sophomore collared an offensive rebound that Kerby Raymundo and Peter June Simon failed to control.

The blunder resulted into three Realtors free throws, giving them a 63-61 lead they never relinquished.

Sta. Lucia won for the second straight game for a 2-1 card, tying Rain or Shine for a share of fourth spot.

Purefoods was still within striking distance, 65-63, and a chance to tie the game, only for Enrico Villanueva to throw away the opportunity when he was called for a traveling violation with 13 seconds remaining.

Forced to foul and stop the game clock, the Giants sent Kelly Williams to the free throw line, and the reigning league Most Valuable Player (MVP) scored the last two of his 13 points to give Sta. Lucia a four-point cushion.

Williams also added 14 rebounds in another double-double effort from the explosive 6-foot-4 forward.

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