source: Reynaldo Belen | InterAKTV
B-MEG’s loss to a Talk ‘N Text team playing without an import served as a wakeup call for the Llamados.
“We got the feeling that we can beat an all-Filipino Talk ‘N Text team even in our sleep, but we lost the game and it woke us up a little bit,” said B-MEG coach Tim Cone shortly after his team’s victory Sunday against Ginebra. “Since then, we’re practicing better. Sometimes you have to fail and move forward, and our loss to Talk ‘N Text was a big failing on our part.”
The Llamados shackled the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in front of 16,442 fans at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum, a win so crucial for Cone and his troops. The team did it a week after losing veteran guard Roger Yap, who was released unconditionally to the San Miguel Beermen in the Asean Basketball League.
“Our point guards did a good job battling the pressure. Josh [Urbiztondo] was outstanding, Mark Barroca was outstanding and PJ Simon was outstanding,” said Cone.
Urbiztondo finished with 12 points, hitting 4-of-5 shots from beyond the arc. His back-to-back three-pointers gave B-MEG its first sizeable lead, 64-55, 6:51 left in the third period .
Barroca was even more impressive. He hit all three of his shots from the three-point range and came through with 18 points.
Overall, B-MEG shot a prolific 9-of-13 from the three-point region (69.2%).
Cone also heaped praises on his frontliners.
“We made a lot of big shots out there. Our big men Rafi [Reavis] and Marc [Pingris] really played good defense. Denzel [Bowles] also played well. He was efficient in three ways today — offense, defense, and rebounds — things we’ve been looking for him. He’s a young guy who’s trying to establish playing in the big league,” said Cone.