Henkel, Pera Padala Barge into Quarters
Byline: REY C. LACHICA
HENKEL-SISTA and Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala drew monster games from their big men yesterday to beat separate rivals and complete the quarterfinal cast in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.
With Ken Bono coming through with an MVP performance, the Cebuana Lhuillier Moneymen dispatched the TeleTech Titans, 81-72, while the Sista Super Sealers leaned on the late game heroics of Lawrence Bonus to oust Magnolia Ice Cream, 66-61.
The lanky 6-foot-6 Bonus tallied six of his 10 points in the payoff period to help the Super Sealers scuttle Magnolia's spirited comeback.
With Sista's win, the Super Sealers earned the right to meet Mail & More in the next round where they are carrying a handicap of beating the Comets two in a row to march into the Final Four.
The Moneymen, on the other hand, collide with Harbour Centre, also needing two straight wins to make it to the semis.
Except for Sam Ekwe, Magnolia's top gunners -- Bonbon Custodio, Yousif Aljamal and Jeff Chan -- were a big disappointment.
After exploding for a season-high 34 points in the team's 133-128 triple overtime win over Kettle Korn, Custodio was limited to just five points -- clearly a victim of Sista's sticky defense. Al Jamal, who also had a 27 the last time, was held to measly four points..
Chan laid a big fat egg after knocking in 23 points also in the team's grueling triple overtime win over Kettle Korn last Saturday. …