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Old 05-27-2007, 12:03 PM   #40
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Cablay, Racela lift SMB to 8th win in a row

Sunday, 27 May 2007

Brandon Cablay made the most of his rare start and Olsen Racela sank four free throws in the final 30 seconds as the San Miguel Beermen won their eighth straight.

Cablay had a terrific night, capping it with two key plays in the closing minute to cushion the impact of Barangay Ginebra's desperate rally and led the Beermen to a 101-98 decision over the Kings Sunday in the 2007 Talk N Text PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.

After Rod Nealy split his free throws to tie the count at 95-95 with 1:24 to play, SMB called time before Cablay (9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and an ounce of hustle) scored off Ginebra's reserve center Andy Seigle from the right low block. Then on SMB's next possession, the athletic guard grabbed an offensive rebound that paved the way for Racela's two free throws and a 99-95 lead that held on to the end.

"This is a big game for us. Its tough to beat Ginebra but our guys gave them a heck of a challenge and made key plays in the end game,' said SMB coach Siot Tanquingcen, who is now 9-5 since taking over the coaching chores from assistant Biboy Ravanes.

Their eighth consecutive win improved the Beermen's record to 9-7 and gave them a slim chance of earning a free ride to the semifinals.

"Right now we're not looking elsewhere. Our mindset is focused on Air21. They're our next opponent and we need to win that game badly to improve our chance. If we finish at No. 2 so be it," Tanquingcen said.

Dorian Pena tallied 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Danny Ildefonso added 17 points for San Miguel, which won against Ginebra for the first time since Game 2 of last year's Philippine Cup Finals.

Galen Young turned in 12 points, 10 assists and 10 turnovers for a dubious triple double before fouling out with 84 seconds remaining. Despite his absence though, the Beermen managed to hang tough.

It was indeed a hard earned victory for the Beermen. And they did it by matching the Kings' intensity, grit, determination and tenacity off the boards.

"We never backed off. In the end that was what mattered,' Tanquingcen said.

Ronald Tubid scored 24 points and Nealy added 21 to go with just seven rebounds for the Kings, who picked up their sixth defeat and fell to 11-6 in a tie with Alaska and Talk N Text at second place.

The loss also jeopardized their chances to make the semifinals outright.

The Kings had a chance to force overtime after Racela (10 points) made two free throws to make the count 101-98 with 4.5 seconds. But Sunday Salvacion missed to desperate threes as time expired.

"Those were really good looks. We're lucky they didn't find the mark," Tanquingcen said. (DBC)

The scores:

San Miguel 101 Pena 22, Ildefonso 17, Young 12, Calaguio 12, Racela 10, Cablay 9, Tenorio 8, Adducul 6, Gonzales 3, Wilson 2.

Ginebra 98 Tubid 24, Nealy 21, Abarrientos 18, Menk 8, Santos 8, Seigle 7, Salvacion 6, Mamaril 4, Chia 2, Macapagal 0.

Quarters: 25-23, 47-44, 75-71, 101-98.
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