MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) -- B-Meg Derby Ace weathered a resurgent Talk N' Text, 91-87, and took Game 3 of their best-of-7 finals series in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Friday.
Despite fouling out with 11.3 seconds remaining, import Denzel Bowles did done enough damage against the Texters with his all-around performance.
Bowles scored a double-double with 28 points and 13 rebounds to make up for his anemic performance in Game 2.
“I didn't want to talk about the last game… I don't wanna think about it so, I just really want to come out and play and I had a good game, I'm glad we came out on top,” said the 6’10” B-Meg import, who also had 6 blocks, 4 assists and 2 steals.
Bowles also put up an extra effort against Talk N’ Text’s defensive stops, which had Ali Peek and Donnell Harvey double teaming him.
“I think they got it from Ginebra,” said Bowles, referring to B-Meg's semis skirmish with the Gin Kings.
“It was very effective. It was kinda tough that's why I give a lot of fakes now," he said.
Llamados coach Tim Cone said they had to erase the painful memory of their Game 2 loss wherein they yielded a tight game to the Texters, 104-102.
Cone said they thought about Game 1 instead of Game 3 to regain their excitement.
“The guys have done a good job at that, they came with a lot of excitement, no ill effects from the last game, no discouragement. And I'm and happy, lucky to be around them,” said the B-Meg tactician.
Cone added their steady shooting at the free-throw line was also a big help in winning the game.
“That's how tight it is. It's coming down to who makes free throws down the stretch,” he said.
Failed offensive players
Meanwhile, Talk N’ Text coach Chot Reyes said they were hurt by the performances of their gunners Jimmy Alapag and Ranidel De Ocampo, who were both non-factors in the game.
“Jimmy was 2 out of 13 today, Ranidel didn't take attempts on the three-point line. He was zero out of 3. And that's been that's way since last game. That's too much of a load for Jason [Castro] and Larry [Fonacier] and Ryan [Reyes] to carry,” lamented Reyes.
“These two guys (Alapag and De Ocampo) are not making shots, not only making shots, they're just being completely outplayed by their B-Meg counter parts... that's the difference.”