SLR 83, BK 79

On: 09 January 2010

Yeo vs BK

One automatic semis slot has been taken away and another could be gone in the next few days.

The battle for the next three positions, however, is only about to get tougher.

Sta. Lucia Realty made it two-zero in three days and tightened up the race for the three outright quarterfinals slots in the KFC PBA Philippine Cup after a gripping 83-79 win over Burger King at the Cuneta Astrodome on 8 January 2010.

Kelly Williams grabbed the rebounds and Joseph Yeo put in the points as the Realtors overcame the fierce-fighting Whoppers, thus, catching up with the Purefoods Giants at fifth place on their identical 9-6 win-loss cards.

SLR and Purefoods are in strong contention for an outright quarters seat with Barangay Ginebra and Talk n Text just a game ahead at 10-6.

Alaska Milk, with an 11-2 card, may clinch the second outright semis berth.

"We know we're still in the fight for the Top Five and we want to grab the opportunity. We'll be there fighting," said Sta. Lucia coach Boyet Fernandez.

Yeo put in a personal season-best 31 points while Williams had a double-double job with 17 rebounds and 15 points as the Realtors got a follow-up on their 95-91 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Wednesday.

Josh Urbiztondo and Gabby Espinas provided help as the Realtors survived a tough battle with ace guard Ryan Reyes sitting out the final half with a sore back.

Alex Cabagnot and Wesley Gonzales had decent showings in their first game in a BK jersey but their efforts went to naught as the Whoppers reeled to an 11th loss in 16 games.

Cabagnot made 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal while Gonzales added 13 points and six rebounds.

Yeo poured in the bulk of his output in the second half leading the Realtors to the crucial win in the game marred by the ejection of BK coach Yeng Guiao on technical fouls.

It was a tight game that saw neither team lead by more than six points.

The Realtors had fallen by five at 63-68 when Yeo returned to the floor and resumed his torrid shooting, pushing SLR back on top at 78-72.

Yeo went seven-of-seven from the stripe and 11-of-19 from the field in his second most productive game as a pro.

Williams was 1-of-10 from the lane but made up for it with his domination of the boards. (SB)

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