SLR 84, SMB 91

On: 31 May 2010


San Miguel Beer recovered quickly from a loss the last time out, regaining solo lead in the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference on a 91-84 drubbing of Sta. Lucia Realty at the Ormoc Astrodome on 29 May 2010.

Their nine-game streak halted by the Ginebra Kings last 26 May 2010, the Beermen got back on track right away with a repeat win over the Realtors.

The Beermen built a 79-65 lead on a 10-to-nothing opening run in the fourth quarter then fended off a late chase by the Realtors for an 11th win in 13 outings in the season-ending tourney.

Veteran playmaker Olsen Racela pumped in a key shot with 14 ticks left to play, settling the outcome of the game at 90-84.

Gabe Freeman piled up 22 points and nine rebounds while Jay Washington and Jonas Villanueva combined for 28 points for the Beermen who kept a clean slate versus the Realtors in their head-on games in the last three conferences.

San Miguel walloped Sta. Lucia 93-74, in their previous tiff in the reinforced tourney.

Suffering another three-game slump, the Realtors slid to joint seventh place with the Coca-Cola Tigers on their identical 4-8 win-loss cards.

Sta. Lucia lost its last three games by an average margin of 12.6 points after dealing Kelly Williams and Ryan Reyes to Talk n Text.

The Realtors engaged the Beermen in a battle in the first three quarters before fading away in the payoff period.

Anthony Johnson had 30 points for the losing team in the Ormoc stop of the Phoenix Fuel PBA on Tour.

The prolific Sta. Lucia import scattered 15 points in the first half before being held down to a single free throw in the first 18 minutes of the final half.

The Beermen had pulled away when Johnson regained his touch, making 14 points in the last six minutes of play.

Pong Escobal put in a career-high 14 points -- a big help as Sta. Lucia fought San Miguel tooth and nail early on.

Meanwhile, Yousif Aljamal, also a former Talk n Text player like Escobal, had clutch baskets fueling a minor siege by SLR in the payoff period.

San Miguel easily withstood the challenge thus completing another convincing triumph. (SB)

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