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MANILA, Philippines – Burger King hardly showed the effects of a heartbreaking double overtime loss the way it dominated a James Yap-less Purefoods Sunday night, 96-86, in the Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup at the Astrodome.

Arwind Santos topscored with 21 points, Aaron Aban added 12, Shawn Daniels had 10 and the rest of the eight players fielded in by coach Yeng Guiao scored three or more in a balanced show of scoring for the Whoppers.

To think that just three days ago, the same team dropped a sorry 135-129 double overtime setback to the Talk `N Text team.

“Kailangan naming manalo. At tsaka bumawi lang kami sa (pagkatalo) Talk `N Text," said Santos, who shot 9-of-18 from the field and turned in the game’s highlight reel play when he converted on a two-handed reverse lay up off two Purefoods defenders to make it 94-82 with 1:35 remaining.

Burger King has now moved up to tie idle Rain or Shine in second place with an identical 8-6 card and remains in the fight for the second automatic slot in the Final Four of the season-ending meet.

The loss was big blow to Purefoods (7-7) as it bowed out in the running for an outright semis berth.

The absence of Yap, the team’s best player, hurt the Giants badly.

The shooting guard out of University of the East showed up in uniform but sat out the entire game owing to a fever.

“Malaking bagay sa panalo naming `yung pagkawala ni James. Alam naman nating kung ano ang nagagawa niya sa Purefoods," said Santos.

In Yap’s absence, Marquin Chandler took the cudgels for the Giants with 26 points. Peter June Simon and Rico Villanueva added 15 each while Kerby Raymundo chipped in 12.

Raymundo likewise apologized to the public for his endgame behavior in the Giants’ loss to the Sta. Lucia Realtors last Thursday, 104-95.

After fouling out of the game with 1:02 left, Raymundo angrily took off his jersey and threw it down to the floor while he was heading towards the Purefoods locker room.

The Whoppers sat on a 51-42 lead at the half as Marvin Cruz completed a perfect steal by scoring on a fastbreak lay up just before the buzzer.

Playing more solid and rotating the ball well, Burger King led by as many as 11 (35-24), before the Giants sued for a time out to talk things over.

They did cut the deficit to 42-47, but the Whoppers closed out the first half by scoring the last four points, capped by that big Cruz interception. –GMANews.TV

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Post on Mon May 18, 2009 10:19 am by matrix

Santos, Daniels show way for Whoppers against James Yap-less Giants

With still a ray of hope of making it all the way to the semifinals outright, the Burger King Whoppers did what they had to do. Now, all they can do is wait.

Arwind Santos poured in 21 points and the Whoppers made 5-of-6 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as Burger King held off the Purefoods TJ Giants, 96-86, Sunday night at the Cuneta Astrodome.

By closing the classification round with an 8-6 (win-loss) record, the Whoppers stayed in contention for the coveted No. 2 seed and an outright passage into the Final Four of the 2009 Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference.

“Swerte kami wala si James (Yap). I hope we could make it to the playoffs. We entered the game thinking about nothing but to win. All we could do now is wait,” said Burger King coach Yeng Guiao.

With only three points separating the Whoppers and the Giants, rookie Mark Yee and veteran guard Egay Billiones each hit a 3-pointer to highlight an 8-3run that extended Burger Kings’ lead to 84-76 with 6:19 remaining.

The Giants, who played catch-up all night, never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

Tied with Rain or Shine for third and fourth places, Burger Kings’ aspiration now hinges on Barangay Ginebra (7-5) which has two games remaining.

Regardless of what happens though, Guiao said he is pleased with what his troops have accomplished considering the short time they’ve been together.

“This being our first conference, I would say the team did well overall. It’s a decent finish,” Guiao said.

He added the team has already adjusted with the loss of Cyrus Baguio, Homer Se and Celino Cruz and the arrival of new acquisitions Aaron Aban and Yee both of which have to jell with the team.

It was another jolting blow for the Giants, who were lethargic in the first half. As if it weren’t enough, they also couldn’t contain Burger King import Shawn Daniels in the paint while turning the ball over 23 times, eight more than the Whoppers. The Giants finished their classification round campaign with a 7-7 mark.

Daniels finished with 10 points and had 21 rebounds for his 10th double-double in the conference and 50th in his PBA career.

Marquin Chandler scored 26 points on 7-of-21 shooting and Jun Simon and Enrico Villanueva had 15 apiece for the Giants, who played without James Yap, who was sidelined by flu. (DBC)

The scores:

Burger King 96 - Santos 21, Aban 12, Daniels 10, Billones 9, Arboleda 9, Quinahan 8, Yee 7, David 7, Rodriguez 6, Belga 4, Cruz 3.

Purefoods 86 - Chandler 26, Simon 15, Villanueva 15, Raymundo 12, Yap R. 10, Cruz 6, Adducul 2, Canaleta 0, Alvarez 0.

Quarterscores: 25-17, 51-42, 69-62, 96-86.


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