FEDEX IMPORT DELIVERS, DEALS SMB SECOND LOSS

MANILA, September 6, 2003 (STAR) By Nelson Beltran  - Terrence Shannon, the lean but mean FedEx import whose height measurement was questioned by the opposition, stood head and shoulder above everybody else as he powered the Express past the San Miguel Beermen, 84-76, last night in the Samsung PBA Reinforced Conference at the Astrodome last night.

Playing his second game in the local pro league, Shannon showed his worth, sizzling with 38 points and 14 rebounds as the Express rebounded from a 92-100 loss at the hands of the Red Bull Barako last Saturday.

"Heís slowly adjusting to the brand of PBA play and FedExís own game. He was more dominant and made his presence felt tonight," said FedEx coach Derrick Pumaren of his import.

Meanwhile, the season-ending tournament goes to Lipa City in Batangas today with a game pitting Barangay Ginebra against Purefoods. The lone encounter, sponsored by Air Philippines, is at 5 p.m. at the La Salle Sentrum.

The Beermen welcomed back to their fold import Shea Seals but the team couldnít handle Shannon as they suffered a second straight loss, following an 82-84 defeat to the Barangay Ginebra Kings last Sunday.

Seals, who struggled for only four points in the first half, found his touch in the second period, firing eight straight points in the third quarter. But he had to sit out the final period as he sustained a suspected strained hamstring.

Shannon, 23, and only in his first tournament outside of the US, and the Express took advantage of Sealís sudden exit, pulling away from a 56-58 count at the end of the third quarter.

"I donít know what happened to their import but we made a run as he left the game. Defensively, mas maganda ang inilaro namin ngayon. Na-contain namin ang perimeter game nila," said Pumaren.

The Express started the fourth quarter with a decisive 12-2 tear and never looked back after taking a 68-60 lead.

Roger Yap and Yancy de Ocampo had a hand in their fourth-quarter assault and the two finished with combined numbers of 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Yap fired the first of his three triples in the night as the Express took the lead for good at 61-58.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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