MANILA, Philippines – B-Meg Derby Ace tightened its grip on the No. 2 spot in the PBA Governors' Cup with a 94-81 win over Talk N’ Text on Saturday at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena.
Import Marcus Blakely dished out an all-around game to help the Llamados avenge their 72-89 loss to the Tropang Texters in the eliminations.
Blakely tallied 26 points and 20 rebounds as he stepped up for James Yap, who was unable to finish the game due to an injury.
“With James going down, I have to step up a little bit more. As a team, when one person goes, everybody steps up,” said the 6’5” import.
Blakely also had 3 blocks, 3 assists and 5 steals.
The Texters were ahead at the half, 49-39, with Paul Harris and Jimmy Alapag getting the job done.
But Josh Urbiztondo and Blakely uncorked a searing 28-18 exchange against Talk N’ Text to tie the game at 67-all in the third period.
The Llamados wrested the lead just before the final two minutes and never looked back.
“Coach told me to get defensive and offensive boards so that's what I'm doing, getting the rebounds and sharing the ball,” said Blakely. “Passing the ball is easy when you know where your team mates are.”
Urbiztondo finished with 14 points, while Marc Pingris added 12.
Harris was just two points shy from Blakely with 24. Alapag and Jason Castro had 17 and 15 points, respectively.
With the win, B-Meg improved its record to 7-3 in the carry-over semi-finals, just a win behind league leader Rain or Shine (8-2).
Talk N’ Text is stuck at 5th with a 5-5 record.
B-Meg 94 - Blakely 26, Urbiztondo 14, Pingris 12, Reavis 12, De Ocampo 10, Simon 8, Barroca 7, Villanueva 5, Yap 0.
Talk N’ Text 91 - Harris 24, Alapag 17, Castro 15, Williams 13, Fonacier 9, Aguilar 8, De Ocampo 3, Reyes 2, Aban 0, Lao 0, Peek 0.
Quarter scores: 19-27, 39-49, 67-67, 94-91