SLR 69, SMB 88

On: 08 November 2009


San Miguel Beer came away with its awesome offensive last night as it routed a struggling Sta. Lucia Realty team, 88-69, to for its fourth straight win after a 0-2 start in the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup at the Victorias City Sports and Amusement Center on 5 November 2009.

The Beermen, who led by as much as 28 in the game, spent the first quarter sizing up the Realtors and soon caught fire that eventually enabled them to end a 5-game losing streak in out-of-town games dating back to last season and their first in two Phoenix Petroleum-backed road games.

The Realtors were in the game only in the third quarter where their shooting improved a little, going eight-of-18 from the field, but just the same, they never got close to overhauling their huge deficit en route to their third loss against three wins.

Arwind Santos was unstoppable all gamelong as he poured in 21 points while four others – Dorian Pena, Dondon Hontiveros, Lordy Tugade and Denok Miranda -- also scored in twin-digits as the Beermen wrapped up the victory which was evident as early as in the second quarter when they opened up a 36-21 spread on a four-point cluster each by former SLR stalwart Denok Miranda, Mike Cortez and Dorian Pena.

It was an all-SMB show from there.

The Beermen, who lost to Alaska Milk, 74-85 in a similar out-of-town game in Panabo City last October 7, complemented their trapping defense with fast breaks to dominate the early goings, although a triple by Ryan Reyes and a follow-up by Kelly Williams kept the Realtors within striking distance at 15-16.

But San Miguel, which moved to a tie for third with Talk 'N Text (2-1) behind Alaska (6-0) and Barangay Ginebra (2-1), outscored the Realtors anew, with Pena, Miranda, Tugade and Santos putting a basket each in an 8-2 tear which gave SMB a 24-17 lead after the first quarter.

The Realtors, who were held to the lowest output by any team this conference, not only had a deteriorating defense in the second quarter. Their offense was anemic as well that not even a slam dunk by Kelly Williams which drew loud cheers from the crowd was not enough to spark the Realtors. Instead, their agony continued as they turned the ball a number of times and produced only 11 points the whole second quarter on a horrendous 4-of-17 from the field.

In utterly sharp contrast, the Beermen seemed frolicking on both ends, coming away with huge 24-point production behind the guns of Miranda, Santos, Mike Cortez and Pena. By the end of the first half, the Beermen were safely ahead at 48-28.

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