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Old 04-08-2007, 11:21 AM   #8
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By Bianca Marie Teodoro
GOL Official Newswriter
08 April 2007

The Barangay Ginebra Kings had a restless Holy Week to prepare hard for this game. To add more pressure, their most dominant local big man Eric Menk suffered a sprain in his right calf muscle. Johnny Abarrientos was not yet able to suit up and there were still no reports about Rudy Hatfield's possible return.

These turn of events, however, were not enough reason for the Kings to give in easily. They beat the league-leading Red Bull Barako for the second time this conference, 100-84. These two teams are now tied at first place in the standings, with six wins and two losses.

Rod Nealy had another stellar performance, outplaying the Barakos' import James Penny for the second time around. Nealy nailed in 38 points as compared to the supposed "imports' yardstick" Penny, who led his team in scoring with 22.

The first and only time that the Barakos were in the lead was at 2-1, in the first few seconds of the game. Ginebra grabbed the lead after Egay Echavez was able to convert three freethrows. The Kings were in the driver's seat since then.

Penny was in foul trouble early in the game and was forced to sit down in the first quarter due to the two fouls he committed with over eight minutes to go. His absence made it possible for the Kings to outnumber Red Bull in terms of assists, 7-1, and they even shot better at 56% compared to the Barakos' 32%.

Ginebra had their highest lead in the second quarter at 24, at the 4:26 mark. They finished the first half with a 17-point lead, and Nealy leading all scorers with 20. Ronald Tubid led all locals with 12 points, including 7 rebounds to top all players.

Red Bull tried to catch up with Ginebra in the second half, as tighter defense was applied to Nealy. The Kings also suffered a 4-minute scoring drought in the third quarter, to which the Barakos tried to take advantage of. However, Sunday Salvacion's three point specials and Nealy's hardwork made it possible for them to hold on to the lead, and eventually end the game in a large margin.

Nealy finished the game with 38 points and 16 rebounds. This is his eighth consecutive double-double performance, and the eighth game of the Kings this conference. Tubid, on the other hand, had a spectacular all-around game with 19 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. He shot 50% from the three point line.

Next game will be in Dubai, April 13 against Purefoods.

The scores:

Ginebra 100 - Nealy 38, Salvacion 21, Tubid 19, Echavez 10, Chia 6, Mamaril 4, Seigle 2, Macapagal 0, Santos 0, Holper 0.

Red Bull 84 - Penny 22, Baguio 10, Valenzuela 10, Sharma 8, Villanueva 8, Fonacier 6, Robinson 6, Cruz 6, Hrabak 5, Najorda 3, Alvarez 0.
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