PALS RAM INTO BULLS, LEAD SERIES
MANILA, JUNE 25, 2007 (STAR) By Nelson Beltran - James Sullinger and Macmac Cardona continued to churn out splendid performances and Talk n Text torched Red Bull, 106-98, to take the lead after three games of their Talk n Text PBA Fiesta Cup best-of-seven semifinals showdown at the Araneta Coliseum last night.
Sullinger and Cardona both came through with a double-double job and starred for the Pals as they cut loose from a tight game in the third quarter and went on to lead the series at 2-1.
Sullinger led all players in scoring and rebounding with 31 points and 12 caroms on top of four assists and one steal without a single error.
Cardona added 28 points and 10 rebounds for his first-ever double-double showing in the pro league. The former La Salle Archer also set a new personal high in rebounds, improving his old best of nine.
Coming off a 34-point performance in Game Two, Cardona once again stood out for the Pals, firing 11 points in the third quarter to fuel the team’s decisive assault
“He knows that he needs to carry us if we’re to make the next round. As of now, no one can replace him in his position in our team,” said Talk n Text coach Derrick Pumaren of Cardona.
But Pumaren felt a great team effort spelled the big difference as they made it two in a row over Red Bull after losing the series opener.
“We wanted to take the lead and the boys played really hard, frustrating Red Bull,” said Pumaren.
Pumaren, however, remained wary of the Bulls.
“We still have nothing to celebrate. We’re in the same situation and the same scenario against Ginebra in the Philippine Cup. We lost the series opener and surged ahead winning the next two games. Then Ginebra beat us three in a row,” he said.
Danny Ildefonso and LA Tenorio came off the bench to give San Miguel tremendous lift in the fourth quarter as the Beermen avoided falling in a 0-3 hole in their own series with a 91-81 win over the Alaska Milk Aces later in the night.
“At least, we’ve got one. The key was making it sure we do things correctly. It’s tough to beat Alaska if you commit many mistakes. They’re scrappy and good at the same time,” said San Miguel coach Siot Tanquingcen.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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