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Old 10-20-2007, 12:29 PM   #215
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Kerby-James-Marc troika leads Purefoods to 2-0 start & 7th straight win including preseason

Saturday, 20 October 2007

DUMAGUETE CITY. -- The red-hot Purefoods Tender Juicy team has extended its searing preseason tourney streak into the regular season.

The Giants, who are deadset on regaining the Philippine Cup which they won two seasons ago, must be for real with a two-win start in the 2007-08 Smart PBA Philippine Cup, which comes on the heels of a five-game sweep in the preseason event.

Kerby Raymundo, James Yap and Marc Pingris combined for 64 points, leading the Giants to a stirring 112-97 victory over the Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals in the tourney’s first road showcase at the Lamberto Macias Sports Center here.

“Maybe we’re gaining early success since we started training early. We pitched training camp ahead of the other teams,” said coach Ryan Gregorio as his troops gained the early solo lead in the season-opening tourney.

Raymundo and Pingris also added 15 rebounds each and combined for seven assists.

It was also Purefoods’ first-ever win in seven out-of-town meetings against Talk ‘N Text dating back to 1997, the season when they figured against each other on the road for the first time in Ormoc City.

Purefoods takes a six-day rest before plunging back into action against Magnolia Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Giants overcame a listless start and outplayed the Pals in the last three quarters en route to their second win following a 96-89 decision over the Sta. Lucia Realtors in an extra-rugged encounter Wednesday.

Roger Yap, Chico Lanete, Jondan Salvador and Romel Adducul also played well for the Giants who bucked the absence of Peter June Simon, serving an automatic one-game suspension as a result of his two flagrant fouls in the win over the Realtors.

Down by 11 at the end of the first 12 minutes of play, the Giants drew even, 46-46, at the half and raced ahead, 80-65, in the third period with the team starting to get its game going.

James Yap, the 2005-06 MVP winner, banged away a three-pointer then scored on a lay-up sparking a decisive third-quarter romp that had Purefoods breaking away from a 53-all standoff.

Bad breaks didn’t spare the Phone Pals with Jimmy Alapag accidentally hit in the eye by Roger Yap.

Alapag sat out practically the whole last quarter.

Renren Ritualo carried much of the fight for the Phone Pals as he even engaged James Yap in a torrid shootout. The Tokushima Olympic qualifier veteran led all scorers with 28 points.

Don Allado, Yancy de Ocampo and Macmac Cardona each scored at least 12 for the Pals who debuted in the tourney with a 113-106 win over the Alaska Milk Aces Wednesday. But 2003 league MVP Asi Taulava was held to only five points. (NC)

The scores:

Purefoods 112 – Raymundo 25, Yap J. 24, Pingris 15, Yap R. 10, Lanete 9, Salvador 9, Adducul 8, Yee 4, Larong 2.

Talk ‘N Text 97 – Ritualo 28, Allado 15, De Ocampo 12, Cardona 12, Carey 9, Taulava 5, Washington 3, Alapag 2.

Quarterscores: 16-27, 46-46, 80-65, 112-97
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