PBA: GINEBRA BEATS SHELL FOR LAST Q'FINALS SLOT

Quezon City, May 26, 2003 -- Eric Menk had 31 points, 21 rebounds and the 
game's biggest steal to power Barangay Ginebra to a pulse-pounding 69-64 
victory over Shell last night in the Samsung PBA All-Filipino Cup at the 
Araneta Coliseum.

Menk's swipe of a Chris Calaguio inbounds pass to Michael Hrabak in the 
final four seconds of the knockout match gave the Kings the last seat in 
the quarterfinals.

The match was practically over by then. Menk formalized Ginebra's sixth win 
in 18 outings when he canned two charities that sealed the Turbo Chargers' 
brave but futile efforts.

Ginebra was ahead 67-64 and was only trying to prevent Shell from getting 
off a decent shot inside the last 9.4 seconds by using five fouls the Gin 
Kings could afford to give.

"Parang nabunutan kami ng malaking tinik sa dibdib," said Ginebra coach 
Allan Caidic. "May pagkakataon kaming makabawi sa susunod na round dahil 
back to zero lahat."

In the other game, Alaska snapped its six-game losing streak by denying 
Purefoods what could have been a graceful exit 90-85.

John Arigo led the Aces with a career-high 29 points that included 9-of-9 
from the free throw area and 11 rebounds. The loss was Purefoods' sixth 
straight and equalled the Hotdogs' longest losing streak in franchise 
history that happened in last year's Commissioners Cup eliminations also 
under coach Ryan Gregorio.

Both squads will clash again in a consolation round robin to determine the 
6th and last berth to the Asian Invitationals, along with Sta. Lucia, 
Barangay Ginebra and Shell.

Arigo scattered 11 of his 29 points in the final period, including 
back-to-back baskets in the final five minutes that doused cold water on 
the Hotdogs' comeback try.

Andy Seigle led the Hotdogs with a double-double- 20 points and 15 
rebounds. (Marivic Awitan, Malaya)

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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