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Old 05-25-2007, 10:52 AM   #38
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Santos provides heroics, Nealy finishing touches as Kings break 3-game slump

Friday, 25 May 2007

ANTIPOLO CITY – Rodney Santos rekindled flashes of his old form to help Barangay Ginebra snap a three-game slump with an 88-84 victory over the struggling Sta. Lucia Realtors Friday night at the Ynares Center here.

The veteran reserve guard made the most of his limited minutes in the fourth quarter, scoring two key goals in a span of 31 seconds as the Kings seized control of the tension filled quarter.

Santos nailed a 3-point shot with 7:20 to play to tie the count at 74-74 and after Kelly Williams missed his 3-point attempt on Sta. Lucia's possession, Rod Nealy grabbed the rebound with Santos completing the transition play on a running layup for a 76-74 lead.

The Kings never trailed again after that as Nealy provided the finishing touches.

"It's a relief to be able to break out from the slump and keep our distance with the leaders," Ginebra coach Jong Uichico said afterwards. "Now we have just to take care of business in our last two games. If we could find a way to win both we'll be fine."

Neally, Ginebra's do-it-all import, scored 14 of his 38 points in the fourth including his team's last eight points. He also had 19 rebounds and six assists in 43 minutes of action.

Santos, who averaged just 3.1 points before the game, finished with 11 points and Eric Menk added 10 for the Kings, who improved to 11-5, tying the Red Bull Barakos and the Alaska Aces for first place.

Jamaal Williams scored 25 points and Nelbert Omolon had 17 for the Realtors, who melted in the fourth quarter that saw them shooting just 25 percent from the field (5-of-20) while missing five of 12 free throws. Overall, Sta. Lucia missed 15 of 29 free throws.

It was the second loss in a row and 11th in 16 games for the Realtors, who have now lost their last eight meetings with the Kings dating back to last season.

Sta. Lucia dictated the pace in the first half with excellent perimeter shooting and posted several 10-point leads. The Realtors took the half at 47-38.

Sta. Lucia fought hard to keep the lead in the third quarter but slowly lost its grip as the Realtors' offense started to turn sour. Sta. Lucia shot just 29 percent in the third as compared to Ginebra's 42 percent. (DBC)

The scores:

Sta. Lucia 88 –Nealy 38, Santos 11, Menk 10, Tubid 9, Abarrientos 7, Chia 4, Mamaril 4, Salvacion 4, Seigle 1, Macapagal 0, Echavez 0.

Sta. Lucia 84 – J. Williams 25, Omolon 17, Espino 14, K. Williams 9, Aquino 8, Catli 6, Mendoza 3, Miranda 2, Isip 0, Gonzales 0.

Quarters: 17-26; 38-47; 63-66; 88-84.
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