ROSELL ELLIS DID IT ALL FOR GINEBRA LAST NIGHT, KINGS OUSTS CHARGERS
MANILA, OCTOBER 20, 2003 (STAR) By Abac Cordero - Rosell Ellis did it all for Ginebra last night.
With the returning PBA import scoring 36 points and grabbing 23 rebounds, Ginebra proved unbeatable against Shell and went on to score a 110-82 victory at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
It was the 6th win in 11 games for the Kings, and their second straight since Ellis, who played for Coca-Cola last year, came in to replace the ineffective Ricky Price.
The loss, on the other hand, was the eighth in 11 games for the Turbo Chargers. It also meant that they’re out of the quarterfinals race of the Reinforced Conference even if they win their last two games in the elims.
Ellis, a shifty forward with the biceps of a bodybuilder, was all over the court right from the start and the Kings never faltered despite losing Jun Limpot to a suspected left shoulder injury in the second quarter.
Limpot was pulled out of the game with the Kings building up their lead, 43-30, and was reportedly brought to a hospital for examination. His early exit from the game came just as teammate Eric Menk plunged back into action, fully recovered from his own injury.
"Well, I guess we just have to go back to the drawing board and prepare for our next games," said Ellis, who was unanimously chosen best player of the game. He also chipped in three assists and two steals.
The Kings took a 74-52 lead entering the final quarter and erected an even bigger lead as time passed by. They enjoyed their biggest lead at 30 points, 106-76, inside two minutes left.
It was the second straight blowout game in the conference after Coca-Cola’s 118-84 massacre of FedEx in Bacolod City the other night.
Meanwhile, Paul Asi Taulava of Talk N Text came from behind to beat Davonn Harp of Red Bull, 13-9, and advance to the semis of the one-on-one contest for players 6-4 and above.
Later in the night, Alaska Milk strung up six straight points in the final 23.3 seconds of overtime to stun Sta. Lucia, 92-91, and improve its record to 4-6. The Realtors fell to 6-4.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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