SLR 93, Ginebra 72

On: 19 November 2009

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Not taking anything away from Sta. Lucia but fatigue factor seemed to come to play in this game.

The well-rested Realtors proved too much for the battle-weary Barangay Ginebra side, pulling off an emphatic 93-72 win in the KFC PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum last 18 November 2009.

Kelly Williams and the rest of the Sta. Lucia team pounded and pummeled Ginebra in the last three quarters, checking a two-game skid and snapping the Kings' three-game winning streak.

The Realtors had lost three of their last four games but came out with a lot of energy and intensity playing their first official game since a 69-88 defeat at the hands San Miguel Beer in Victorias, Negros Occidental last 7 November. They fashioned out a come-from-behind 96-95 decision over Smart Gilas in their non-bearing match a week ago at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

The Kings, meanwhile, seemed to play with no spring in their legs, coming from their 83-79 win over the Burger King Whoppers Saturday in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

Before going up against Sta. Lucia, Ginebra had won its last three games for a 5-1 card – the team’s best start in any tourney since winning six of its first seven games in the 1998 Governors Cup.

But the Kings didn't get a chance against the Realtors.

The Realtors raced to a 20-point lead at halftime and refused to slow down as they notched a fourth win against three losses.

Williams, inspired by a new-born son, churned out a near triple-double job with 26 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists with Ryan Reyes and Jason Misolas also stepping up as Sta. Lucia frustrated Ginebra in a bid to tie Alaska Milk atop the leader board.

The Kings instead slid to third behind the Aces and the San Miguel Beermen at 5-2.

"Kelly did a good job. He’s really inspired being a brand new father," said Sta. Lucia coach Boyet Fernandez of Williams whose wife gave birth to a first child Tuesday (17 November).

"Ryan and Jason are also worth mentioning but it’s actually a team effort. We prepared well for this game and we reaped good dividend," Fernandez added.

Williams and his teammates torched the Kings with a 47.6-percent shooting in the second quarter to open a 50-30 margin spread at the half.

Williams had 10 points on top of six rebounds and six assists with Joshua Urbiztondo adding six points and three rebounds and Gabby Espinas chipping in five points and four rebounds as the Realtors got away with a big second-quarter onslaught, beating the Kings by 16 points in the period.

After fighting the Realtors through two deadlock and three lead changes in the opening period, the Kings tapered off the second quarter, scoring only nine on a miserable 16.7-percent clip.

The Realtors simply kept their domination of the Kings in the final half.

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