SLR 66, Derby Ace 73

On: 03 June 2010


After coming out short the last time versus Alaska Milk, B-MEG Derby Ace had little improvement, barely hanging on at the finish against Sta. Lucia.

The Llamados squeezed out a 73-66 win over the Realtors and thus regained a piece of third place in the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference at the Cuneta Astrodome on 2 June 2010.

"It was an ugly win but still something positive in terms of the outcome. We couldn’t play that way up against tough teams," said Derby Ace coach Ryan Gregorio after the game.

"Nuong bumaba ng sais, hindi na ako makahinga, Good thing, the guys made the shots when we needed it badly," Gregorio added. "I was telling the guys, we have to cut down on our errors and we have to make the free shots. True enough, we went under siege committing errors and missing free shots."

The Llamados eventually eased out the pressure as KG Canaleta and James Yap canned in three fouls shots making it 73-64 with 40 seconds left to play. Repeating their 86-79 win over the Realtors in their previous tiff, the Llamados climbed back to joint third with the Ginebra Kings at 8-5.

The Realtors suffered a fourth straight loss after the departure of Kelly Williams and Ryan Reyes, and the team reeled further down the chart at 4-9. Derby Ace made it four-zero versus Sta. Lucia in the season. Gregorio, however, insisted he's far from satisfied with their performance.

"We can't just relax, be comfortable and just coast along. We're up against San Miguel next. We can’t survive playing this kind of basketball," said Gregorio.

The Realtors waged a fierce chase at crunch time, smelling blood as Derby Ace import Cliff Brown fouled out with over two minutes left to play. Sta. Lucia had come within six at 64-72 when Canaleta and Yap strung up three straight free throws to hold off the Realtors.

Yap knocked in three triples and finished with a team-high 21 points that went with one rebound, one assist and one block against one turnover. Paul Artadi, with 18 points, was the only other Llamado who wound up with a double-digit output in the low-scoring contest. Anthony Johnson led the losing team with 23 points and 14 rebounds. (SB)

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