Mobiline’s Ward scores 61 points in PBA debut

By Alvin Aquino, The China Post

Mobiline Phone Pals’ Jerod Ward showed why he is often compared to Chris Webber of the Sacramento Kings. The Mobiline import knocked down a season-high 61 points in a awesome display of shot making and propelled the Phone Pals to a 93-87 victory over the Ginebra Kings last Wednesday in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the PhilSports Arena.

After going 1-for-11 in the third quarter, Ward turned in 21 points in the final period as Mobiline broke a close game wide open.

Ward’s output was the highest by a debuting import since Anejo Rum’s Mitch Wiggins came away with 62 points in July 5, 1994.

It was the highest point production by an import since San Miguel Beermen Kenny Travis scored 64 points in Nov. 27, 1994 and his 11 3-pointer was the most since Jay Edwards of Swift made 13 threes on Oct. 14, 1994.

Even with out Kings’ Vergel “the Aerial Voyager” Meneses (foot injury) and center Alex Crisano (back spasm), the Kings managed to provide the Phone pals with a tough challenge and stayed in the game for 42 minutes.

Rookie Mark Caguioa scored 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter as the Kings outscored the Phona Pals, 25-14, and led 62-60 going into the fourth.

Gherome Ejercito layup with 605 left broke a 68-68 count and sparked a bristling 14-4 run by the Phone Pals.

Ward had nine points in that run which he ended with a 3-point shot over Kings’ import Ryan Fletcher that gave Mobiline a comfortable, 85-72 advantage with 208 remaining.