SLR 84, Coke 100

On: 05 July 2010

SLR vs Coke

Coca-Cola head coach Bo Perasol is still far from satisfied despite his team just coming off an impressive win that drew it closer to a coveted slot.

"The only way we could say we have improved as a team is when we are already in the quarterfinals," said Perasol following his team's 100-84 manhandling of Sta. Lucia Realty Sunday at the start of the PBA Fiesta Conference's knockout wildcard phase.

"Winning now is not something to celebrate," he added. "Getting to the quarterfinals is."

Based on the way his team played, that objective should be realized on Wednesday, when the Tigers collide with the winner of a similar knockout match between Rain or Shine and Air21 later Sunday evening.

Hurdling either the Elasto Painters or the Express is a difficult task, but Perasol also said it is very doable.

Gary David notched a personal season-high 32 points and John Williamson chipped in his ample share with 30 and 14 rebounds as Coke put up a big third quarter that broke the game wide open.

"We've got to give it to Gary. Even though he may be erratic at times, there’s still no questioning his desire," said Perasol of the off-guard who also had four rebounds, two assists and a steal to offset four turnovers.

Williamson, who passed by two points his previous PBA career high, also drew special mention from Perasol.

"He has gotten involved in our system," noted the tactician. "He may not be flashy, but he keeps on doing the little things, like rebounding, defending, attracting the double team and passing off to the right people."

The difference even got stretched to 75-57 and even though the Realtors fought back to within seven points, David and Williamson again led a final breakaway.

A poor shooting night, translated into a 26-for-86 field shooting or a conference-low 30.2 percent, hastened the Realtors’ finish to either eighth, depending on Air21’s windup, and exit.

Anthony Johnson, usually good for almost 30 points a game, epitomized SLR's sour touch by going 5-for-21 from the floor. He finished with 20 points but only by going 10-for-14 from the stripes. He also had 16 rebounds.

Yousif Aljamal, who suffered a sprain during practice earlier in the week, did not see action in the first half but more than made up for it in the second and wound up with 17 points.

Ali Peek was the lone other double digit scorer for SLR with 12, but he got totally outworked under the boards.

David and Williamson had plenty of help, with Mark Macapagal adding 13 points and Asi Taulava hauling down a game-high 18 rebounds to go with nine points.

Coke also withstood the early exit of starting point guard Marvin Cruz seemed well on his way to more than decent game with four points, five rebounds and two assists in 10 minutes before being taken out by a freak accident with only 1:38 left in the half.

He stepped on the foot of referee Bong Pascual during a hard weakside cut and suffered a sprained right foot in the process. (NC)

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