The Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants looked dazed and confused last night when they played the Sta. Lucia Realtors without their premiere scorer James Yap. The Realtors simply outplayed the Giants and moved one step closer to the AFC with an 88-76 victory over their counterpart last night at the Big Dome.
Sta. Lucia’s Joseph Yeo and Purefoods’ James Yap both missed the game because of suspensions due to physical plays in the previous games. The Realtors were able to adjust well by playing tighter defense and consistent offense. Kelly Williams, who was almost non-existent in the last two games exploded for 20 points and 16 rebounds. Dennis Espino scored 15 points while Nelbert Omolon added 14 points. Marlou Aquino was quiet for most of the game but exploded late in the game and poured 12 points in the final quarter.
Kerby Raymundo scored his usual 20 points for the Giants but had little help from the rest of the team. Chico Lanete, who took the spot of Yap, only had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Peter Jun Simon struggled last night to find his shooting touch. Simon was expected to step up in Yap’s absence but unfortunately finished with only three points.
The Realtors are ahead with a 3-2 lead in the best of seven series. Game 6 is on Wednesday, February 27 at the Araneta Coliseum, 7 in the evening.