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08-26-2007, 11:38 AM
Sta. Lucia Realtors 89 Singapore Slingers 79

Written by Rano Iskandar

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Rod Grizzard and Co. couldn't overcome a resilient Philippines basketball team as Singapore Slingers went off to a bad start with a 89-79 loss to Sta. Lucia Realtors. Things were smooth sailing for Australian NBL team as they raced to 12-2 early in the first quarter. However, they suffered some basket drought in the next seven minutes as Sta. Lucia Realtors slowly clawed back and finished the first quarter with a 22-13 lead, inspired by Dennis "The Menace" Espino. It was a class act by Anthony Johnson of Sta. Lucia Realtors as he made up for his misstime effort on the postman dunk with a customary dunk late in the first quarter.

However, it was a different story in the second quarter. Singapore Slingers came back fighting and reduced the gap to only just one point by half (39-40). Mike Helms showed why he was Slingers' MVP last season in the Australian National Basketball League. He scored vital baskets to bring Slingers back into the game.

The third quarter was a close affair. Nelbert Omolon and Anthony Johnson of Sta. Lucia Realtors combined well and scored most of Realtors' points. Rod Grizzard, a former NBA player from the Washington Wizards, had key steals and Fitzgerald failed to level the scores, after a missed jump shot, to end the third quarter (62-64).

It was a quarter to be forgotten by Benjamine Knight of Singapore Slingers. Despite contributing key plays and scoring, he was the first victim of being fouled out. Omolon produced the biggest cheer of the night when Omolon blocked Knight's field goal attempt. Johnson and Omolon combined brilliantly and Singapore Slingers simply had no answer. Knight was fouled out with three minutes remaining. He finished with 16 points.

Singapore Slingers were left with a daunting task of scoring five points in less than a minute. However, their tactics to foul Ryan Reyes proved worthless as he successfully converted four free throws and added to Slingers' misery when he stole possession and scored to make it a 89-79 victory over Singapore Slingers.

Teodorico Fernandez was delighted with Sta. Lucia Realtors. When asked about the difference between both sides, he pointed out the aggression in their defence. He was quite surprised to have beating a top side by 10 points and he regards Singapore Slingers as a very strong team. He had faith in his import player, Anthony Johnson, but also gave credit to his players such as Mendoza, Omolon, Aquino and all his players for playing well last night. Their next match will be against Darwin Airport Resort All-Stars and Fernandez is aware of the potential threat of Darwin Airport Resort All-Stars. The match will be at 3:30pm Sunday, 26th August.

Top scorers:

Sta. Lucia Realtors: Anthony Johnson 22 points, Nelbert Omolon 18 points, Ryan Reyes 14 points
Singapore Slingers: Rod Grizzard 16 points, Ben Knight 16 points, Mike Helms 13 points


http://www.bruneicup.com ---> there are pics here of the game. Fil-Am Ryan Reyes showed why he was a sought-after guard.

gameface_one
08-27-2007, 12:33 PM
Harbour-RP halts Jordan in Brunei

Monday, August 27, 2007
Philstar.com



BRUNEI – The Harbour Centre-Philippine training team ran a taller, heftier Jordan squad to the ground and came away with an 89-79 victory yesterday to kick off its campaign in the Brunei Cup at the National Indoor Stadium here.

The RP cagers seized control early, racing to a 10-point lead in the first quarter then held off the Jordanians’ with a tough defense the rest of the way. Former pro Allan Salangsang spearheaded the RP cagers’ charge with 24 points.

Robert Sanz, Erick dela Cuesta and Christian Coronel combined in that big first quarter run then the rest backed them up with a gritty defense to preserve the victory in the tournament which drew tough teams from South Korea, Singapore and Australia.

“It’s a good start for the team considering that we were not given a slim chance to figure well in the tournament,” said Harbour Centre owner and amateur basketball godfather Mikee Romero. “We hope they can sustain it and make it to the next round.”

Harbour-RP team’s physical game also helped its cause as coach Junel Baculi ordered a full court press in the middle of the first quarter that forced the young Jordanians to commit one turnover after another to the delight of a huge crowd of Filipino migrants.

Team manager Erick Arejola credited the Filipinos’ steely resolve for the win. “You have to credit their big fighting heart. And we’re the ones who played a physical game.”

The Harbour-RP team, which is training for the 24th SEA Games, took a 48-33 lead at halftime and padded it to 68-47 going into the final 10 minutes as they scored on brilliant transition plays.

gameface_one
08-30-2007, 09:24 AM
Realtors share Brunei lead
mb.com.ph





STA. LUCIA Realty snapped the two-game winning run of LG Sakers team of South Korea by scoring a 75-66 victory Tuesday night to force a three-way tie for the lead in the 2007 Brunei Cup basketball tournament at the Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex indoor stadium.


The Realtors jumped the gun on the Koreans and held on to complete a big comeback from a 67-82 loss to the Darwin All-Stars the other day.

With the win, Sta. Lucia drew level with LG Sakers and the Singapore Slingers in the lead with similar 2-1 win-loss records.

The Realtors, reinforced by American import Anthony Johnson, attempt to gain outright passage in the knockout semis as they play the Harbour Centre-RP Team Wednesday night.

The Nationals hold a 1-1 win-loss record going into their match against the Realtors, having beaten the Jordan All-Stars, 89-79 then losing to the LG Sakers, 87-102.

gameface_one
08-31-2007, 07:28 AM
Realtors topple Harbour-RP, gain semis seat

The Philippine Star

Sta. Lucia Realty bucked injuries to key players, including import Anthony Johnson, as it humbled RP-Harbour Centre, 79-71, to clinch the first slot in the knockout semifinals of the seventh Brunei Cup basketball tournament at the Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex indoor stadium in Brunei Wednesday night.

The Realtors got off to a slow start but seized control in the second quarter and proved steadier at crunch time as they scored their third win in four outings in the elimination round of the six-team, eight-day tourney.

They walloped the Singapore Slingers, 89-79, Saturday and drubbed the LG Sakers of Korea, 75-66, Tuesday.

Johnson collected 35 points and 14 rebounds in a splendid showing against the Koreans but got hurt along the way.

Thus, the former Coca-Cola reinforcement played limited minutes against RP-Harbour Centre and is likely to sit out their last game in the eliminations against the Jordan All-Stars Saturday.

Sta. Lucia top honcho Buddy Encarnado said new recruit Ryan Reyes is also a doubtful starter against Jordan.

But win or lose against the Jordanians, the Realtors are assured of slot in the knockout semis in this tourney won the last two years by the all-pro RP team.

Sliding to 1-2, the RP-Harbour Centre squad, priming up for the coming SEA Games in Thailand, needs to win its last two games against the Singapore Slingers and the Darwin All Stars to salvage a semis seat.

Encarnado prefers to face LG Sakers in the semis, saying they would have tougher time matching up with the tall Darwin and Singapore squads.

“The Australians and the Singapore team are much taller than us and they also have good imports. We’re about as tall as the Koreans,” said Encarnado. Nelson Beltran

gameface_one
09-03-2007, 07:30 AM
Sta. Lucia enters Brunei Cup final


By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

Sta. Lucia Realty got back at the Darwin All-Stars, 62-59, Saturday night to advance to the final of the seventh Brunei Cup basketball tournament at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex indoor stadium in Berakas, Brunei.

Dennis Espino scored two crucial free throws in the closing seconds, and the Realtors held off the Aussies’ tough challenge, arranging a title showdown with the LG Sakers of Korea.

The Sakers reached the final with an 81-71 victory over the Singapore Slingers.

"The team played four quarters of very aggressive basketball both on defense and offense," said an ecstatic Sta. Lucia team manager Buddy Encarnado in a text message to The STAR.

Anthony Johnson led all scorers with 21 points but Espino, Marlou Aquino and rookie Ryan Reyes also played important roles.

"Marlou foul-baited Darwin’s 6-foot-11 center making it a lot easier for the team to play under the basket. Reyes proved his worth on his superb orchestration of our plays," said Encarnado.

Sta. Lucia led by seven at halftime but the much taller and heftier Darwin team fought back in the second half.

The Realtors were only ahead by one, 60-59, when Espino drew a foul and made two crucial free throws with time down to 5.3 seconds.

Espino canned in both charities and the team put up a good defense, denying the Aussies a decent attempt from the three-point range to the delight of a big Filipino crowd.

It was a sweet revenge for Sta. Lucia which was clobbered by Darwin, 67-82, in their elimination-round match.

The Aussies fight the Singapore Slingers for third place in this tournament topped the last two years by the RP national training team under coach Chot Reyes.

The Realtors have been playing well here despite the absence of Fil-Am workhorse Kelly Williams who requested for a vacation following his stint with the national team in the recent FIBA-Asia championship in Japan.

gameface_one
09-04-2007, 07:44 AM
Realtors blow title bid, succumb to Koreans


By NELSON BELTRAN

The Philippine Star



Sta. Lucia reeled from an offensive foul called on Anthony Johnson in the closing seconds, suffering a 72-76 defeat to the LG Sakers of Korea in the finale of the seventh Brunei Cup basketball tournament at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex indoor stadium in Brunei Sunday.



The Realtors were down by only two at 72-74 when Johnson drew the offensive infraction with time down to 32 seconds to the howl of protest from the big Filipino crowd.



The Koreans all but clinched the win when they converted a basket in the ensuing play.



“It was a dubious call ensuring the victory for the Koreans,” said Sta. Lucia team manager Buddy Encarnado.



Failing to duplicate their 75-66 win over the Sakers in the elimination round, the Realtors settled for second-place honors in the annual Brunei invitational tourney ruled the past two years by the RP training team under coach Chot Reyes.



But the Realtors nonetheless made a big impact though playing minus main man Kelly Williams who’s on holiday in the US.



Johnson scored 24 points with Nelbert Omolon adding 13, Paolo Mendoza 12 and Marlou Aquino 10.



The Realtors struggled against the Koreans in their rematch with the PBA ball club taking the lead for the first time only at 67-64 midway through the fourth quarter.