SLR 76, Ginebra 83

On: 23 November 2008

PBA's 34th Season

Fiesta Cup ruler Barangay Ginebra reigned over All-Filipino champion Sta. Lucia Realty for a second game in a row.

The Kings erected a 19-point spread early in the second half and overcame repeated uprisings by the Realtors for a 93-81 win and a share of sixth place with the Talk n Text Tropang Texters in the KFC PBA Philippine Cup at The Arena in San Juan Saturday.

Sunday Salvacion knocked in five triples and totaled 22 points as he played the fireman’s role in leading the Kings to a fifth win against six losses.

Salvacion himself rifled in the clutch baskets stopping the Sta. Lucia charge each time the Realtors would come threateningly close.

After the Realtors drew close the last time at 76-83, Salvacion nailed his last three-pointer of the night then Eric Menk and Ronald Tubid converted a basket each as Ginebra eventually settled the outcome of the contest.

The Kings repeated over the Realtors despite the return of 2008 MVP awardee Kelly Williams on the Sta. Lucia side.

Ginebra also drew solid games from Paul Artadi, Ronald Tubid and Sunday Salvacion as the Kings ended the Realtors’ three-game streak.

The Realtors slid to joint third with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Air21 Express after suffering a fifth loss in 11 outings.

Paolo Mendoza was ejected for a second straight game for a flagrant foul penalty 2. He drew an infraction this time for throwing the ball on a fallen Artadi.

After Mendoza’s exit, the Kings unleashed a key blitz capped by a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Helterbrand giving Ginebra a 56-39 lead at halftime.

The Kings stretched their lead to 19 at the start of the third period but the Realtors waged a fierce chase behind the efforts of Nelbert Omolon, Kelly Williams and Dennis Espino to come within five at 59-64.

The two teams engaged in a duel of spurts from there with the Kings coming out victorious on a key run worked on by Salvacion, Menk and Tubid in the homestretch.

Joseph Yeo and Norman Gonzales, who scored 38 and 25 points, respectively, in their upset of San Miguel Wednesday, were limited to a combined output of only 17 by the Kings.

Espino paced the Realtors with 19.

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