MABUHAY CUP: GINEBRA FINALLY TRIUMPHS

Araneta Coliseum, July 12, 2003 By NOLI CORTEZ (MALAYA) Barangay Ginebra, one team that has not had the breaks for quite a while, finally got a big one last night and demolished an injury-plagued Purefoods 112-78 in the Samsung Mabuhay Cup qualifying event at the Araneta Coliseum.

Game 5 of the PBA All-Filipino Cup championship match between Talk N Text and Coca-Cola was still being played at presstime.

Eric Menk scored a game-high 27 points to go with 12 rebounds as Ginebra used several key runs in taking the fight out of Purefoods to lead by as much as 98-62 and keep alive its hopes of making the conference proper.

The Hotdogs played minus center Andy Seigle (sprain), forward Rey Evangelista (bursitis on the knee) and point guard Boyet Fernandez (calf injury).

All those, combined with Ginebra's fiery outside touch, led to Purefoods absorbing its second loss in as many outings and virtual elimination. The Hotdogs need to win their last two games and hope to forge a tie for the top slot.

Ginebra coach Allan Caidic admitted the win, coming on the heels of a 92-100 loss to Sta. Lucia Realty last Sunday, may not be enough to keep his team in the running for the top spot.

Pals take 3-2 lead

Patrick Fran played big in the extra period as Talk N Text repulsed Coca-Coca 97-92 last night and closed in on its first pro league title in the Samsung PBA All-Filipino Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Tigers failed to win in regulation when Johnny Abarrientos' shot at the buzzer rimmed out, enabling the Phone Pals to fashion the hard-earned win and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven title series.

Fran had 19 points, including a no-look turnaround basket with 30.8 seconds left in the extra period that gave the Phone Pals a 92-89 lead. He added two more free throws while Asi Taulava took care of the rest for Talk N Text.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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