COKE IMPORT EXACTS REVENGE VS CHARGERS

ANTIPOLO, September 13, 2003 (STAR) By Nelson Beltran  - Artemus McClary inflicted on his former tormentor the kind of pain he suffered in the 1998 debacle as Coca-Cola ripped Shell, 103-96, last night in the Samsung PBA Reinforced Conference at the Ynares Sports Center here.

McClary, one of the two imports of Mobiline which bowed to Shell in the 1998 Governors Cup finals, churned out a triple-double job with 30 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, powering the Tigers to their third straight win in the season-ending tourney .

Jeffrey Cariaso celebrated his 31st birthday with a 14-point performance while Rudy Hatfield, who turns 26 today, made a double-double showing with 17 points and 16 rebounds.

With Ato Morano also dishing out a solid game with 19 points, the Tigers had a relatively easy time disposing of the Turbochargers as they even led by 20 at one point early in the third quarter.

The absence of the ailing Chris Jackson compounded Shellís dilemma as the Turbochargers took their second defeat in three starts.

"It (Jacksonís absence) really meant a lot because heís their chief defender. Without him, Tim (McClary) got off to a strong start," said Coca-Cola coach Chot Reyes.

The Turbochargers came to within five, 63-68, late in the third but the Tigers made a decisive breakaway for the win.

"We threw the ball one after another the minute we got the 20-point lead. We lowered our guard and became careless. Itís disappointing for me personally as a coach," said Reyes. "Itís a dangerous habit." All-Filipino finals . . . 2-0 na natalo pa."


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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