B-Meg Boosts Outright Semis Bid
By WAYLON GALVEZ
Games Wednesday (Smart-Araneta Coliseum)
5:15 p.m. – Air21 vs Ginebra
7:30 p.m. – Petron vs Talk ’N Text
MANILA, Philippines — B-Meg finally got its revenge by downing Powerade, 96-94, to boost its bid of earning an outright semis bid in the the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The game was a flashback to their grueling playoff duel in the Philippine Cup when the Tigers stunned the top seeded and twice-to-beat Llamados in the quarterfinal round, and Powerade went as far as the Finals versus Talk ’N Text – the eventual champion.
This time though, lady luck smiled on B-Meg, which finished its elimination round campaign with a 6-3 win-loss record.
The Llamados can earn an outright semis berth in case of a three-way tie with TNT and Barangay Ginebra, which is playing Barako Bull at press time. If Ginebra prevails, and the Tropang Texters win versus Air21 on Wednesday, the Llamados and the Kings will dispute the No. 2 spot.
Only the top six teams will advance to playoffs while the last four teams will be eliminated automatically.
Powerade rallied back to trim the deficit to four points, 84-80, but B-Meg answered with an 8-1 run as Yap made a jumper, import Denzel Bowles converted his own shot and Marc Pingris buried a jumper and lay-up to take a 92-81 lead, 4:17 to play.
Gary David, the hero in Powerade’s playoff run versus B-Meg, led a spirited comeback together with rookies Jvee Casio and Marcio Lassiter, whose lay-up cut the Llamados’ lead to just a single point, 93-94, with 46.2 left in the game.
The Tigers actually had a chance to get the lead when Bowles muffed his jumper, but off a timeout, Casio’s pass intended for import Dwayne Jones was tapped by Josh Urbiztondo, who picked up the ball and was fouled by Casio. Urbiztondo made both foul shots, 96-93.
Powerade almost made it to an overtime game when David was fouled by Bowles while attempting a three-pointer.
David, though, missed his first foul shot. After making the second, he missed the second on purpose, but Jones and Sean Anthony missed their respective follow-up shots.
“I am certainly more exhausted than Gary David right now,” said B-Meg mentor Tim Cone when he entered the press room.
B-MEG 96 — Bowles 29, Urbiztondo 15, Yap 15, Pingris 12, Simon 7, Intal 6, Reavis 4, De Ocampo 4, Barroca 2, Villanueva 2.
POWERADE 94 — David 25, Lassiter 17, Jones 11, Anthony 11, Kramer 9, Casio 8, Antonio 5, Lingganay 3, Allera 2, Cruz 2, Adducul 1, Vanlandingham 0.
Quarters: 24-21, 46-43, 73-63, 96-94
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