SLR 80, Ginebra 76

On: 12 March 2009

PBA Fiesta 2009

Sta. Lucia Realty snapped a losing spell in head-to-head matches with Barangay Ginebra in the season, pulling off a pulsating 80-76 win in their first match in the Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference at the Astrodome last 11 March 2009.

Anthony Johnson dished out a solid no-relief job with Denok Miranda and Marlou Aquino providing big support as the Realtors overcame the Kings in a furious battle, notching a second straight victory in the import-laced tourney.

"We're happy on our decision to bring back Anthony Johnson. He's been very consistent in our first three games so far. If our locals can back him up, then we'll have a good chance to win games," said coach Boyet Fernandez whose Sta. Lucia team was swept by Ginebra in two games in the Philippine Cup.

Johnson, who first reinforced the Realtors in the Brunei Cup in 2007, outplayed Rod Nealy, piling up 30 points, 12 rebounds and four assists against three errors in leading Sta. Lucia to a second win in a row following a 106-100 decision over Talk n Text Thursday.

The Realtors, however, couldn't have squeezed through minus Miranda's and Aquino's exploits.

The two scored 13 points each, including the last three points of the contest.

Miranda shattered the 76-all deadlock on a slashing drive with time down to 24.2 seconds. After Sunday Salvacion missed a three-point attempt in the ensuing play, Marlou Aquino upped their lead to three with a free throw off Eric Menk's sixth and final foul with only 8.6 seconds left.

The Kings eventually yielded the game as Rafi Reavis issued an errant pass to Ronald Tubid in the closing seconds.

Ginebra suffered a second loss in three starts with Nealy held down to 18 points, fouling out with 2:37 left to play.

Aquino, playing with renewed zest, went 6-of-13 from the field and also got five blocks and three rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

The 6-foot-9 behemoth continued to start for his team at center spot even as Dennis Espino returned from a two-game layoff. Espino was good for two steals and one block against two turnovers in 13 minutes.

Ryan Reyes was another key Sta. Lucia player who returned from a two-game layoff. The national hopeful contributed two points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 14 minutes.

Johnson, Miranda, Aquino and Joseph Yeo carried the bulk of the fight for the Realtors, who battled the Kings in a fierce duel marked by 17 lead changes and 13 deadlocks.

The Sta. Lucia import went to work early, putting in 11 points as the Realtors took the first period at 24-12.

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