B-Meg stood its ground in a fierce battle with Barangay Ginebra, playing solid throughout to pull off a 109-93 win and seize solo second place in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination round at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night.
Denzel Bowles matched up well with Jackson Vroman and the B-Meg locals outfought their Ginebra
counterparts as the Llamados closed in on the post-elim plays with a 4-2 win-loss card.
The Kings, with a second straight loss, slid to 3-3, now a game and a half behind the front running Talk n Text Tropang Texters.
Denzel Bowles, Mark Barroca, PJ Simon and James Yap did the biggest damage on the Kings in this game watched by a crowd of over 16,000.
“Obviously, we played our best game in the conference. We clicked on all cylinders and that’s
the way to beat Ginebra,” said B-Meg coach Tim Cone.
“We had a good shooting night, making a lot of big shots out there.
They tried to disrupt us and I thought our guards did a good job battling the pressure,” Cone also said.
The B-Meg bench tactician also felt their big men played tough defense and their import came through with an exceptional overall performance.
“Denzel played well three ways – defense, offense and getting the rebounds. That’s what
we’re looking for from him. He’s a young guy progressing,” said Cone of Bowles who held his
ground against the older and more experienced Ginebra import.
Bowles attacked Vroman’s defense to help fuel B-Meg’s key closing run that handed the Llamados a
second straight win following their conquest of the Air21 Express in a road game in Tacloban eight nights ago.
The young B-Meg import wound up with 27 points and 15 rebounds as against Vroman’s 26 markers,
eight boards and eight assists.
Bowles saved his best for last, putting in 10 points in their romp from an 85-all count. From 93-89, Bowles teamed up with Simon, Yap and Barroca in a decisive 10-to-nothing roll as the Llamados eventually fended off the Kings, 103-89.
Barroca and Urbiztondo, left to tend the B-Meg backcourt on Roger Yap’s exit, combined for 30
points and six assists.
Simon and Yap fired 18 and 15 points, respectively, as their contribution at wing spot.
The two teams engaged in a battle before B-Meg seized command at the finish. (SB)
B-MEG 109 - Bowles 27, Simon 18, Barroca 18, Yap J. 15, Urbiztondo 12, Devance 7, Reavis 5, Pingris 4, De Ocampo 3, Intal 0.
GINEBRA 93 - Vroman 26, Ababou 15, Helterbrand 14, Caguioa 11, Canaleta 8, Raymundo 8, Hatfield 4, Wilson W. 3, Labagala 2, Cortez 2, Wilson J. 0, Mamaril 0.
Quarters: 20-26, 46-45, 75-69, 109-93