Biyernes, Abril 13, 2012
Barangay Ginebra kings vs. BMEG 1st game
ANTIPOLO – B-Meg coach Tim Cone insisted, somehow, they have Meralco to thank for in drawing first blood in their semifinal duel with Barangay Ginebra.
Toughened up by their highly physical semis battle with the Bolts, the Llamados showed up the Kings, 82-67, in the opener of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four showdown at the Ynares Sports Center here Wednesday night.
“I really feel our physical game against Meralco prepared us tonight. We’re mentally prepared to play that kind of game,” said Cone.
The Llamados showed physical and mental toughness, overcoming a poor start and winning in runaway fashion.
Cone stressed, though, it’s just one game that doesn’t decide the series.
“I’ve been here many times before. Game One doesn’t mean much. Second game is really the key in my mind. It’s either you get out of a hole or get a big lead,” said Cone.
In this series opener, the Llamados climbed out of an early 15-point hole and showed tremendous sustaining power, dominating the Kings in the final half.
“It’s an interesting first half. They’re No. 1 in the league on defense and we’re No. 2. At halftime, I told the guys if we have to bleed for our points, don’t be afraid. That’s the way to win it,” said Cone.
“We got going in the second half, we started knocking shots then we built a lead. It was a surprising lead and to me that’s the story of the game,” Cone added.
The Kings got off to a strong start but tapered off in the second quarter and failed to recover, terribly missing the services of injured star Mark Caguioa.
Jackson Vorman sizzled with seven points, five rebounds and three assists in the opening period but he himself cooled down in the next three quarters.
Probably due to frustration, Vroman lost his cool in his rugged battle with Yancy de Ocampo in the second half. He incurred a flagrant foul penalty 1 for shoving De Ocampo’s face.
Marc Pingris also drew an F1 earlier in a collision with Enrico Villanueva. Pingris’ infraction seemed to fire up his teammates, though.
The Llamados made a big turnaround from a 15-point deficit early on, building 20-point spreads in the fourth quarter and breezing through in what was expected to be a slam bang setto.
Getting the wake up call from their second group, the Llamados went roaring in the second quarter and took the half at 33-29.
Pingris, De Ocampo and PJ Simon ignited their charge from 8-23 down, pulling even at 26-all on a short jumper by James Yap and pulling ahead, 29-26, on a three-pointer by Joe Devance.
The Kings lost their rhythm in the second period, converting only two of 20 attempts for the second worse shooting in a quarter by Ginebra ever. (SB)
B-MEG 82 - Bowles 21, Simon 13, Devance 9, Yap 9, De Ocampo 9, Urbiztondo 6, Reavis 5, Intal 4, Pingris 4, Villanueva 2, Barroca 0.
GINEBRA 67 - Vroman 10, Labagala 10, Villanueva 8, Hatfield 8, Cortez 7, Canaleta 6, Helterbrand 6, Ababou 5, W. Wilson 4, J. Wilson 2, Raymundo 1, Mamaril 0.
Quarters: 8-21, 33-29, 60-42, 82-67