PBA MATADOR CUP: GINS FEAST ON HORNLESS RED BULL
MANILA, November 8, 2004 (STAR) By Nelson Beltran - Barangay Ginebra erected 22-point bulges early in the fourth quarter and used it as cushion on Red Bull Barakoís spirited chase down the stretch, scoring a 100-94 win in the Gran Matador PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum last night.
Romel Adducul came up with a monstrous double-double game, establishing career highs of 26 points and 19 rebounds, but these nearly went down the drain with the Thunder just running out of time in their comeback at endgame.
Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen didnít hide his disappointment although they pulled through and improved their win-loss record to
"No way we could be satisfied with the way we played the game. We won alright but we just got lucky in winning it," said Tanquingcen, thinking his players didnít play smart.
"If you get a big lead, the idea is to either protect or increase it, and not just wait to get the win. You canít relax and just hope to outgun the other team," Tanquingcen pointed out.
Trailing by 22 at 70-92 with 9:46 left to play, the Thunder got back into the game, 93-97, on a searing assault by Junthy Valenzuela, Jimwell Torion and Enrico Villanueva.
The Thunder, however, obviously spent their energy in that rally and couldnít complete the turnaround, suffering a fifth loss in seven outings.
Sta. Lucia Realty played like a wounded tiger with Kenneth Duremdes sidelined by a pulled hamstring, breaking into the win-column with an 86-69 rout of Coca-Cola in the nightcap.
Aside from Adducul, other Kings churning out big numbers were Jayjay Helterbrand with 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals, Mark Caguioa with 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals and Eric Menk with 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists.
Caguioa, Helterbrand and Adducul combined in a 7-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter as the Kings posted their first 22-point margin at 90-68.
Though missing the services of Mick Pennisi and Davonn Harp, the Thunder outrebounded the Kings, 52-50. Curiously, pointguards Torion and Topex Robinson led the Thunder with nine boards each.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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