SLR 108, Coke 94

On: 02 May 2010

Marlou Aquino

Marlou Aquino had an unusually impressive game. If he could keep it up, Sta. Lucia Realty coach Boyet Fernandez claims the Realtors will be in good shape.

Aquino had a 20-point game for the first time in nearly three years last 1 May 2010, helping the Realtors get past the Coca-Cola Tigers, 108-94, in the PBA Fiesta Conference at the Cuneta Astrodome.

"Give it to the big fellow. I guess he was challenged playing against Asi (Taulava) and Cap (Dennis Espino). If he plays that way consistently we’ll be tough to beat," Fernandez said.

Aquino, the 14-year league veteran who also had three assists and one shot block, has not had a 20-point game since scoring 22 points against Red Bull in Game 2 of their 2006-07 Philippine Cup quarterfinal series.

After turning in a season-high 43 points the previous game, import Anthony Johnson had another big night with 29 points and 17 rebounds as the Realtors won two in a row for the first time in the conference.

"Everybody stepped up tonight. But I guess the key was that the players finally realized that we're not as strong as we were a season ago and that we don't stand a chance to win if we don't play defense," Fernandez said.

The Tigers stayed within striking distance off the Realtors for in the first half but their attempt to seize control in the second half fizzled as import James Penny picked up his fifth foul early in the third quarter and had to sit for most part of the second half.

Sta. Lucia shot 44 percent, going 10 of 27 from the 3-point range while recording a season-high 31 assists. The Realtors also capitalized on the Tigers’ 24 turnovers that netted them 29 points.

Ryan Reyes scored 15 points and had eight assists while Kelly Williams added 14 and nine rebounds for the Realtors, who improved to 3-4 (win-loss) record.

Gary David poured in 26 points, Chico Lanete had 16 and seven assists and Penny managed just 15 points – his lowest this conference – on a 6-of-11 shooting from the field as Coca-Cola (4-4) lost its third in a row and fourth in its last five games. (DBC)

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