B-Meg just a win away from finals
MANILA, Philippines – June Simon scored the final 8 points for B-Meg Derby Ace to tow the Llamados past the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, 83-77, in Game 2 of their semifinal series on Friday.
Simon took charge of B-Meg’s offense by sinking in successive baskets in the closing minutes of the game, putting the Llamados at a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-5 semis showdown.
The 6’1” shooting guard ended up with 15 points with 8 of them coming in the final two minutes.
“I told them it's gonna take special effort tonight to make it 2-0 on a team like Ginebra, this is a special effort,” said B-Meg coach Tim Cone.
Cone is pleased that his team has showed calm and maturity especially during the Gin Kings’ resurgence in the final period.
“There were times when I felt like we were starting to lose it a little bit but this team has toughened up a lot mentally... they come back strongly when they get behind,” he said.
The scores were 77-all when Simon sparked a searing 6-2 exchange over 2 minutes remaining.
Marc Pingris came up with a defensive gem against Dylan Ababou’s attempt to secure the win for B-Meg.
Two-time MVP James Yap also had a superb game, hitting 6-out-of-11 from the field to join a handful of PBA players who made at least career 700 three-pointers.
Denzel Bowles top scored for B-Meg with 21, while Yap added 16.
Niño Canaleta was Ginebra’s top scorer with 19. Mike Cortez gave able support with 17 markers.
Jackson Vroman, who made an errant pass late in the game, was limited to just 10 points.
Another win over Ginebra will send B-Meg straight to the finals, but Cone said this won’t be easy.
“Now the special effort has to be times two to go out and get the next game... the other team will gonna be desperate with their backs on the wall. They will come out with a tremendous effort,” he said.
B-Meg 83 – Bowles 21, Yap 16, Simon 15, Urbiztondo 12, Pingris 12, Intal 3, Devance 2, Reavis 2, Barroca 0, Burtscher 0, Villanueva 0, De Ocampo 0.
Ginebra 77 – Canaleta 19, Cortez 17, Vroman 10, Helterbrand 8, Hatfield 8, Ababou 6, Raymundo 5, Wilson 3, Wilson, W. 1, Labagala 0, Mamaril 0.
Quarterscores: 23-19, 37-41, 63-59, 83-77