B-MEG clamped down on Powerade’s main man Gary David and weathered a late rally in the fourth quarter to hack out a 97-80 win Wednesday in the 2011 PBA Philippine Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Llamados’ defense limited David to just seven points, 15 fewer than his league-leading average, to snatch their second win in five games and tie their victims with a 2-3 win-loss mark.
Peter June Simon shone on both ends of the court as he helped in containing the Tigers’ top gunner while tallying a game-high 21 points. James Yap added 20 points for B-MEG.
Mark Barroca and Joe Devance contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Llamados, who led by as much as 29 points before Powerade, behind its full-court trap, were able to cut it the lead to as few as nine points.
“We hope this is not our best performance yet. But I am pleased with our defense especially on Gary. PJ (Simon) did a great job and also our guards. They did a good job committing defensively tonight,” said B-MEG coach Tim Cone.
“Josh (Urbiztondo) and Mark (Barroca) came out pressuring and that set the tone for us.”
The Llamados came out blazing and erected an early 24-9 lead, carried a 46-25 halftime lead, and scored the first eight points of the third period for their biggest lead at 54-25 with 8:55 remaining in the quarter.
They were still in full control of the game entering the fourth quarter with a 68-48 spread, before the Tigers threw a full-court press that resulted to a 17-6 exchange to cut the deficit to 65-74 on Marcio Lassiter’s lay-up, with still 7:08 remaining in the game.
But Urbiztondo and Simon hit back-to-back treys that sparked a 14-2 run to push the lead back to 88-67 with 3:17 remaining.
B-MEG was never threatened since and handed Powerade its second straight loss.
Lassiter had a team-high 15 points and added 5 steals while Sean Anthony chipped in 13 points for the Tigers.
B-MEG 97 – Simon 21, Yap J. 20, Barroca 11, De Vance 10, Urbiztondo 9, Raymundo 7, Pingris 6, Yap R. 6, Reavis 5, Maierhofer 2, Acuna 0.
POWERADE 80 – Lassiter 15, Anthony 13, Kramer 8, Cruz 8, Lingganay 7, Vanlandingham 7, David 7, Adducul 7, Casio 5, Antonio 3, Calimag 0, Crisano 0.
Quarterscores: 24-9, 46-25, 68-48, 97-80