SLR 91, Aces 87

On: 13 May 2010

Williams vs Simpson

Sta. Lucia outfought Alaska Milk in the crunch on 13 May 2010, hacking out a 91-87 win in what could well be Kelly Williams’ last game as a Realtor.

SLR and Talk n Text top officials were to finalize their trade deal involving Williams after the game.

"There's some issue about Kelly. It's for management to talk about it. What I can say is that I can't picture my team without my MVP (Williams)," said Sta. Lucia coach Boyet Fernandez on the impending trade.

Anthony Johnson went 6-of-6 from the stripe in the final minute as Sta. Lucia beat out Alaska in a fierce battle to close out with a 4-5 win-loss card in the initial round of the PBA Fiesta Conference elimination phase.

Johnson finished with 36 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals while Williams wound up with 15 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists in what could well be his farewell outing as a Realtor.

Talk n Text is after Williams who the Smart-PLDT franchise intends to loan to the Smart Gilas RP team in at least three major international competitions.

Williams is likely to be already with the Tropang Texters as they clash with the Coca-Cola Tigers Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.

"It's for management to confirm or deny it but I really can't visualize my team without Kelly. I came in this team with Kelly already there. I was an assistant coach when we picked him as the top draft pick (in 2006)," said Fernandez.

Ryan Reyes and Nelbert Omolon contributed double-digit outputs as the Realtors made it five in a row over the Aces in their head-on duels in the import-laden tourney.

The Aces appeared headed for a win when they ignited a bristling 16-6 run to surge ahead at 87-83 with 1:59 left to play.

The Realtors, however, didn't give up, coming up with a decisive endgame run to salvage the game.

Sta. Lucia dealt Alaska a fourth loss against the same number of wins.

Cyrus Baguio put in 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, keying the run that had Alaska racing ahead entering the final stretch.

LA Tenorio had his sterling exploits before missing crucial shots at endgame that hastened their downfall. (SB)

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