COKE TIGERS GET PAYBACK AGAINST STA. LUCIA
Cabagnot, Captain Marbel fly high against former team
Sunday, 20 May 2007
Kenneth Duremdes and Alex Cabagnot delivered standout performances against their former team as the Coca-Cola Tigers dealt the Sta. Lucia Realtors a 114-95 beating Sunday night in the Talk ‘N Text-PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.
Duremdes, the 1998 MVP, came off the bench to score 23 points while Cabagnot had 19 and a conference-best 13 assists as the Tigers split their two games against the Realtors and improved to a 7-9 (win-loss) record.
"The outcome may not help us get into the top five (in the standings) but what we learned from playing tonight will help a lot come playoff time,' said Coca-Cola coach Binky Favis. "And tonight we learned how to play together and as a team. If we can play continuously that way in the playoffs we might have a chance."
The Tigers took control early with their running game and led by 16 points midway in the second quarter that saw Duremdes pouring in 11 of his points in that stretch which included a 3-of-6 shooting from the 3-point range.
But when the Realtors rallied and threatened to seize the momentum, Cabagnot came to the rescue by drilling a huge trey that enabled the Tigers to close the third quarter with an 84-81 lead which they never relinquished.
"Alex (Cabagnot) will be filling a huge leadership vacuum in this organization. He has shown a lot of improvement in terms of leadership and I guess his development will be key for us in the playoffs," Favis said.
The Tigers, who lost their first meeting against Sta. Lucia 103-100 last April 11, also a got a big lift from William Antonio, who turned in 19 points including 5-of-9 shooting from the 3-point range. As a team, Coca-Cola went 14-of-27 from long range compared to Sta. Lucia's 3-of-18.
The Realtors, who fell to 5-10, appeared to have gained strong momentum in the third when they rallied from a 61-72 deficit and tied the count at 81-all on a basket by rookie Kelly Williams with 47 seconds left in the quarter.
But they missed their first four shots in the fourth and the Tigers erected a 10-point lead that stood until the end.
Jamaal Williams tallied 36 points and Kelly Williams had 18 for the Realtors, who shot just 41 percent from the field. (DBC)
– Duremdes 23, Varem 22, Cabagnot 19, Antonio 17, Peek 14, Calimag 7, Tolomia 6, Sotto 2, Avenido 2, Arigo 2, Pacana 0.
Sta. Lucia 95
– Williams J. 36, Williams K. 18, Omolon 17, Mendoza 7, Gonzales 5, Isip 4, Miranda 4, Aquino 4, Bughao 0, Catli 0.
Quarterscores: 28-26, 63-57, 84-81, 114-95