SLR 86, Kings 72

On: 27 March 2010

Jhnson and Williams

Getting an elbow from Ronald Tubid, Anthony Johnson retaliated at the whole Barangay Ginebra team, sparking a key run that carried Sta. Lucia Realty to an emphatic win.

Johnson pumped in back-to-back three-pointers right after being felled by Tubid and the Realtors broke away en route to an 86-72 victory over the Kings on 26 March 2010 in the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The Realtors nailed their first win after being beaten by the Barako Energy Coffee Masters in the tournament opener last 21 March 2010.

“We came out with great energy tonight, determined to make up for our bad showing in our first game,” said Sta. Lucia coach Boyet Fernandez.

“I’m happy the boys started strong and finished even stronger. Magandang character ang ipinakita nila,” Fernandez added.

Johnson logged 22 points and 13 rebounds while Kelly Williams added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists as they led the SLR charge in foiling Ginebra’s bid for early leadership in the reinforced tourney.

For Ginebra, it didn’t help that import Awvee Storey was far less productive than his debut game.

Storey was able to finish in double figures only after making six points in the last two minutes of play. He made only 13 points but grabbed 22 rebounds.

Williams did a good job defending the Ginebra import.

“He’s strong. I just kept a body on him and did my best to keep him off the glass,” said Williams.

The 2008 MVP winner also had sterling efforts offensively, putting in his share in a 19-7 run SLR unleashed to get an 80-61 spread entering the last three minutes of play.

The Realtors actually seized the early initiatives, taking the half at 44-39 and sitting on a 61-54 cushion after the first three quarters of play.

Ryan Reyes and Nelbert Omolon were two other Realtors who finished in double figures with 14 and 12, respectively.

With the Realtors putting the game beyond reach early, Ginebra coach Jong Uichico used the opportunity to break in new recruit John Ferriols and newly reactivated Junthy Valenzuela. (SB)

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