PBA: HOTDOGS DO SIZZLING JOB VS SHELL

MANILA, May 6, 2004
 
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By Nelson Beltran  -  Its either Purefoods learned a lesson from San Miguel Beer the last time out or simply got tired of losing.

The Hotdogs lived on even as import Tyrone Washington rooted on the bench on fouls in the second half, avoiding what could have been another exercise in futility with a 107-91 rout of the Shell Turbochargers at the Araneta Coliseum last night.

Alvin Patrimonio, Kerby Raymundo, Richard Yee and Paul Artadi joined forces to do the job as the Hotdogs mirrored the feat done by the Beermen in their game Saturday, winning decisively with an all-Filipino lineup in the final half.

"Maybe weve got tired of losing. O baka nakakuha kami ng lesson sa talo namin sa San Miguel," said coach Ryan Gregorio as his Hotdogs checked a six-game losing skid already a record in longest losing streak in the PBA transition tourney.

"Marami ang nagsasabi we cant finish. Lagi naming problema ang fourth quarter, kaya kanina sabi ko to the guys on the bench you have to be ready. Cap (Alvin Patrimonio) was the first to respond on my call," Gregorio added.

Patrimonio buried back-to-back triples coming off the bench to cap a searing Purefoods run in the third quarter that gave the team an 85-66 buffer going into the final canto.

Taken out early in the third after committing a fourth foul, Washington checked back a minute into the fourth quarter but returned to the bench quickly after being called a fifth foul.

But the Hotdogs kept their composure and their fighting spirit, coming up with a strong finishing kick to complete the crucial win that kept the team in contention for middle seedings in the wildcard phase of the tourney.

Improving their win-loss record to 4-10, the Hotdogs can still hope for at least an eighth place finish and an outright knockout game in the wildcard phase. Relegation to ninth or 10th positions will mean "twice-to-win disadvantage."

Dennis Espino tipped in a missed shot by Marlou Aquino with one second left in overtime period and Sta. Lucia Realty completed a stirring comeback from a 15-point deficit, nipping Alaska Milk, 95-93, in the nightcap.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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